Now that “New Moon” is breaking box office records, “Twilight” fans are looking beyond “Eclipse” and more-so to “Breaking Dawn.” Though there has been no official confirmation of “Breaking Dawn,” the fact that it appeared as a tab on the official “Twilight Saga” movie website back in July has always indicated to us that the movie would indeed be made. To us, the only questions have been when and where. But the major questions surrounding “Breaking Dawn” seem to be over which director will helm the final “Twilight Saga” film and will it be made into one or two movies? How about bringing back a previous “New Moon” director for “Breaking Dawn?” That’s what Kristen Stewart was thinking when she suggested Chris Weitz return for the final installment.
“I think Chris Weitz should do it,” she said. “I had such a good experience with him on ‘New Moon.’ He was so considerate there and passionate and compassionate. One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in my life.”
Shooting has already wrapped on “Eclipse,” the third movie in the vampire saga, and now speculation is increasing over how Summit Entertainment plan to approach Stephanie Meyer’s final “Twilight” novel. Sources are saying that Summit plans to split the final book into two separate movies, to be shot back to back, and would likely continued to be scripted by Melissa Rosenberg – but Meyer must first approve the two-movie decision.
“They might pull the ‘Harry Potter,’” Jeff Bock said, referring to the two-part split of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in that series. “And don’t be surprised if they do. [Summit] would be hard-pressed not to put ['Breaking Dawn'] out next December, because there’s just too much money to be made right now. Then it gets really interesting, do they do spin-offs. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of rights Summit has, because I am sure they’re chomping at the bit to extend this franchise as far as they can.”
“Variety” magazine also speculates the franchise’s stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner could benefit from a bigger paycheck from the films if “Breaking Dawn” is officially given the green light, receiving payment in the 8-figure range. However, Summit would have to reopen negotiations with the stars if the movie is broken down into two separate ones, as they are only signed on to do four films. It is also being speculated that Chris Weitz will be asked to return to the directors chair. Although no official offer has been made as of yet, sources say the job is his if he wants it. But will Weitz commit to the back-to-back films, which are sure to keep him away from his family for several months? I’m sure Summit is preparing to empty their wallets on this one in order to line up the correct pieces.
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