It’s been no secret that The Twilight Saga wanted badly to be just like the Harry Potter franchise when it began. And while financially they have done very well, the quality of the films have been nowhere close.
Another similarity that they share is that many different directors have been brought in for each installment of the series. Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen) got things going with Twilight, Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) brought us New Moon, David Slade (30 Days of Night) was behind the camera on this summer’s Eclipse, and now, Summit Entertainment has chosen the director for their last film.
Bill Condon, who had been rumored as a possible director for a while now, has been officially signed to direct The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which is based on the last book in the series. It’s expected that the film will actually be split up into two parts in order to stay as faithful to the story and make as much money as humanly possible.
Condon is certainly an interesting choice for director. His most notable films have not only been acclaimed, but Oscar-nominated and -winning productions. This began with 1998’s Gods and Monsters, and was followed by Kinsey and Dreamgirls. But don’t think that the man only knows how to do those types of movies; he also directed a little gem called Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh back in 1995, so Breaking Dawn is officially catching eyes so far.
One of the worst issues with the first movie was that the acting was absolutely appalling — sorry, Twilighters, but it is so very true, trust me — and has only improved slightly in New Moon. But with the talent of Condon, can the performances necessary to fuel a franchise like this finally be highlighted, increasing the appeal of The Twilight Saga? Or will we learn that the actors are eternally hopeless? I’m willing to lean toward the former.
Breaking Dawn as a novel is apparently incredibly dark and graphic in content, so don’t look now, but this could get interesting soon.
Here’s my offer as the complete anti-Twilight fan: make a crazy R-rated set of final movies, and I’ll go ahead and see them in theaters with everyone else!