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The Big Question: To Split ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ In Half Or Not?
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

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.

[Source: Variety]

7 Comments »

  1. Is there enough story for two films? New Moon stinks, it lost 72% of its audience in one week.

    Comment by korollocke — December 2, 2009 @ 3:40 am

  2. There is enough story for two films – contrary to some geeks, I am a geek who loves Twilight. I have read Breaking Dawn many times – I know it backwards, forwards, and upside down – and there is enough story for two films. In the book is three seperate books, so that could work. The first two books for the first movie, than the last book for the second movie, as the last book is longer. And korollocke, New Moon lost 72% of it’s audience in one week because alot of the audience saw it the first week.

    Comment by Nicole — December 3, 2009 @ 6:53 am

  3. Oh, and on a Twilight show I watch on ReelzChannel (Twilight: Spotlight), they had an episode dedicated to good directors for Breaking Dawn. Tim Burton, one of my favorites, was among them. Jamie [Campbell-Bower] is quoted as saying, “I don’t know if the fans would like it, but I’d sure like it!!” It would be an interesting turn for a book that begins with a light heart and goes deeper and darker as the story progresses. I won’t give away the ending, as I am a geek with good moral sense. Enjoy!!

    Comment by Nicole — December 3, 2009 @ 6:56 am

  4. The 1st Harry Potter movie was over 3 hours alone and the last HP movie is going to be divided into 2 parts at 2 and half to 3 and a half hours EACH. So far all the Twilight movies have been under 3 hours and to be honest because of that they feel rushed. BD needs to be divided into 2 movies with at least a runtime of 3 hours. This is the last book that is to be turned into a movie and it better be good with 100% of effort from the actors, directors, screen writters, CGI experts, and Summit.

    Comment by Joyce — December 10, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

  5. BTW korollo, NM lost 75% of its audience the second week because most people saw it at least 3 times the first.

    Comment by Joyce — December 10, 2009 @ 8:07 pm

  6. Oh please break it into two movies , the others felt soooo rushed
    who cares if you have to wait longer
    i want the saga to continue forever!
    So who cares if they drag it out
    its been 8 years for HP!

    Comment by Emily — January 21, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  7. I think they should brake it in two parts Too there’s just soo much left out the first two movies. and Tim Burton would really be good for it i think. or if David does do good at this one he should come back for breaking dawn. this is going to be darker than the other three movies and its the last so it should be the BEST!!!!

    I LOVE THE TWILIGHT SAGA

    Comment by SYLVIA — February 18, 2010 @ 5:45 pm

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