As we’ve all known was a very likely possibility, it is being reported that Summit Entertainment is deciding whether or not to split The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — the final movie in the franchise (supposedly) — into two movies.
When Twilight was first peeking its head out, many said that it was going to be the next Harry Potter franchise, and to this many giggles (myself included) were had. And while the movie have been no where even close to as good as the Harry Potter films thus far, with The Twilight Saga: New Moon approaching $500 Million worldwide, you just can’t deny that it’s throwing down the same numbers.
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, they decided to split it in two in order to cover a lot more of the story, and of course, to make a whole new un-godly amount of money that they would never have made if they only did one film. This is also being done with The Hobbit. Naturally, it has always been a question as to whether Twilight would take the same path once they reached their final film. Now that they have established themselves as a heavy hitter, it comes as no shock that Summit Entertainment has this choice to make.
The only set in stone Breaking Dawn choice so far is that Melissa Rosenberg will write the script as she has for all of the movies; it’s just a question of if her job will entail one or two scripts. Another massive question still remaining for the fourth movie, is who will direct it. It appears that Summit and most other want The Golden Compass director Chris Weitz to return for the final film, and it makes the most sense considering how much bank he’s brought in with New Moon. Apparently there is complications though, as Weitz wants to direct another film through Summit, and they are trying to get him to postpone that to do Breaking Dawn. Even more, if they do go for two movies, it would be a huge, time-consuming job for him to undertake.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse will be the next film to tear through Hollywood, leaving in its wake a mob of squealing fans and non-fans scratching their heads. That movie was directed by David Slade, who could be another option to direct Breaking Dawn. In fact, as someone who hasn’t seen a Twilight movie and is not impressed by what they’ve seen, I would think Slade was the best choice. Supposedly, as with Harry Potter, the books get darker as they move along, so the fact that Slade directed 30 Days of Night could be the best thing that happens to this franchise. As it were, we won’t have to wait long to find out — Eclipse is already in post-production and set for a June 20, 2010 release. Here’s hoping you weren’t under the impression that we were in the clear for a while now that New Moon has calmed.
While Summit is still deciding all of this, I think we can all safely assume that it will be split in two movies, no matter what the cost will be. They already know that they’ll get whatever money they put into two films back multiple times over, so there’s not much to really decide. Love or hate the movies, as a business decision, they have a lot of money coming their way.