This week, Summit Entertainment finally named a director for Breaking Dawn (BD). Their choice – Bill Condon. Everyone knows that Breaking Dawn will be a huge hit so tons of big named directors have been mentioned. When Condon was finally announced, I decided to check out some of his work. I discovered that he is best known for the movies: Chicago and Dreamgirls. Both are musicals hence the title of the article.
This got me thinking about BD. The first vision that comes to mind is a broken head board, bruises and feathers. Stephenie Meyer gives very little detail in the book regarding vampire sex, but you can’t leave something like that out of the movie. Movies are visual; the audience will need to see the cause of that kind of damage. I know I need to. My next visual is the big birth scene. This resembles a horror scene with tons of blood and a c-section performed with vampire teeth. So how can Summit turn something like that into a PG13 rating? Is Breaking Dawn a musical?
Now, when I picture BD as a musical I see something like a modern day Grease. Can you imagine Edward Cullen as Danny Zuko? Could Bella become innocent Sandy Ollson? In a lot of ways – yes but I hope that’s not what Summit has in mind. BD is gritty to me and I hope that Condon stays true to the story. I want to enjoy the BD adaptation the way I enjoyed Chris Weitz’s adaptation of New Moon.
Have I got all the Twilight fans in a tizzy about the director choice? Okay, I’ll put you at ease a bit. Condon also won an Oscar for his screenplay Gods and Monsters, about the last days of the Frankenstein director, he wrote and directed Kinsey, about the famed human sexuality researcher, and he directed the horror film Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.
“Bringing Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Breaking Dawn’ to the screen requires a graceful and intelligent hand, and we believe Bill Condon is exactly the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense creativity and subtle sensitivity,” said Summit Entertainment honcho Erik Feig.
So I guess the only fear you have is Summit’s terrible choice of screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote all the previous three Twilight Saga screenplays. She is now busy writing (aka butchering) the BD script. Who knows what she will do to BD. The studio’s announcement of director neglected to tell fans whether BD will be broken into two parts. I believe it needs to be, but no one asked me, so I just blog about it.