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Variety ponders Summit’s ‘Twilight’ Dilemma

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A new article from Variety suggests that Summit has a delimma in dealing with production of a film version of the fourth book in the series, Breaking Dawn. Mainly, there is the money issue if they choose to make two more films, instead of one. In addition, they have figure out what director will be involved (Chris Weitz is a fan favorite).

They will likely have to cut a few big checks if they decided, as rumored, to split Stephenie Meyer’s final “Twilight” novel, “Breaking Dawn,” into two pictures. Sources said Summit has set Melissa Rosenberg — who wrote the first three films — to finish the series, but Summit has to clear several hurdles before Rosenberg learns how many more scripts she’ll write.

One of those hurdles is figuring out whether “New Moon” director Chris Weitz will respond favorably to overtures from the film company and the cast to shoot two more films, back to back.

Summit execs would not comment, but multiple sources said the company wants to go the two-film route, which means reopening negotiations and securing approval from the author. It also means making new deals with a principal cast that is only locked up for four films. If “Breaking Dawn” becomes two pictures, all of the key cast members will get fat raises, and the three principals — Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner — could land paydays in the eight-figure range.

Read more here.

My guess is that the payoff at the box office will be big enough to warrent the extra expenditure on the front end.

  • http://twitter.com/Chel681 Michelle Shingle

    You know that feeling you get when the movie ends but you don't want it to, get that feeling again just to know that its not over yet!!! And they're talking back to back…the 2nd part of the movie would probably be out about 7 months from the 1st part. If we can do it for “New Moon” & “Eclipse” we can do it for “Breaking Dawn”. The only setback is that Melissa Rosenberg hasn't started writing the screenplay. I just don't want it to end. That's why we keep reading the books over and over, watching the movies over and over. I like the idea of 2 movies…I think it will be worth the wait!!! GO TEAM EDWARD!!!!!!!

  • vampej

    me too!!!! i never want it to end and i read the books over and over nd i still love it nd cry in some of the parts lol

  • vampej

    me too!!!! i never want it to end and i read the books over and over nd i still love it nd cry in some of the parts lol

  • vampej

    me too!!!! i never want it to end and i read the books over and over nd i still love it nd cry in some of the parts lol

  • vampej

    me too!!!! i never want it to end and i read the books over and over nd i still love it nd cry in some of the parts lol

  • vampej

    me too!!!! i never want it to end and i read the books over and over nd i still love it nd cry in some of the parts lol

  • vampej

    me too!!!! i never want it to end and i read the books over and over nd i still love it nd cry in some of the parts lol

  • vampej

    me too!!!! i never want it to end and i read the books over and over nd i still love it nd cry in some of the parts lol

  • myacullen

    I totally agree! I don't care if it is really long… actually I would LOVE to see a 6 hour movie! I also agree with you that it shouldn't just skip to the morning AFTER isle Esme…… make it rated R!!!!!

  • myacullen

    LIKE, LIKE, LIKE, LIKE!

  • emjjjmiller

    I, too, prefer a two-part Breaking Dawn. If they try to condense it into one film, a lot of the small details that we all so dearly love will be lost. I've been thinking about where they would break the book up and I think it would be awesome to have the “Part 1″ film include the wedding, the honeymoon on Isle Esme, the pregnancy, the birth of Renesmee, Bella's transformation….and end right as she awakens into her new life. “Part 2″ Would be about her new life as a vampire with her new family. Her meeting Renesmee and becoming a mother. Jacob's imprinting. The cottage (and of course night's with Edward!!). Then build to the coming of the Volturi after Irina sees Renesmee hunting w/ Bella and Jacob and assumes she's an immortal child. Plus we have to see Bella developing her talent and when she's a bad-ass with J. Jenks. What do you all think?

  • TwilightsDreamAngel

    I so agree with you Alison! I ever way …
    Lets just hope Sumitt Does Not go to the Extra Greed and Stupid root and screw the whole thing up!

  • heed1977

    I want it to be exactly how Steph Meyer wrote it… so I don't think they should have sex scenes. I hate sex scenes anyway… they are gross and inappropriate. Leaves nothing to the imagination and takes all the romance out of the story.

  • TwilightsDreamAngel

    You are right, I mean if they want to make 2 films that is fine. But I think they should keep it simple and do ONE really Long movie … like 4 hours (or more) with a intermission in the middle (or not). They did that for movies in the past. Besides, when watching any of the Twilight Saga movies they all goes by TOO Fast anyway. One really Long movie (and if they choose one movie it better be a LONG one) is what I would love to see! Even if the admission charge is higher so be it … I think I speak for all Twilight fans when I say … we will pay!!!

  • lrhine2315

    wow…my thoughts exactly!!! I was thinking the same do the first movie up until Bella is turned and the second start when she awakens a Vampire!!……..Great Twi-hard minds think alike!! :)

  • lrhine2315

    I dont mind it being 1 movie just as long as it is like 5 hours long and they dont leave important parts out, I would rather they make it into like two 3 hour films and miss nothing………this was the best book in the series and I as a twilight fan dont want to be let down….So pay the actors what they are worth to keep them on and produce a great conclusion to the ultimate saga we have all grown to love!!!

  • AN3LA

    haha i agree with you! :)

  • AN3LA

    same here

  • Rizam

    I completely agree with you .. !!
    PEOPLE SHOULD READ BEFORE WATCHING ..!!

  • Fanpyre

    oh yes, i think that, should they actually make one movie, they would leave nearly all the little details out. it's just too big of a book to make into a single movie, though i hate that i'd have to wait another year or so before i see the last half. I think, as someone who's read Breaking Dawn 8 times, that it would be better as two movies.

  • anonymous

    Exactly. Besides, I doubt Kristen and Robert would want that either..

  • zackandmelmom

    well robert probably does, didn't you see his interview where he was asked if he'd do nude scenes? But Anyhow, it ISN'T in the book.. but you do need to show the chunks of headboard missing.. and her bruises.. cuz he freaks and doesn't want to do it again because of that.. etc etc.. but no actual anything but kissing, cuz it isn't in the books.

  • rachaelcullenxxsagalover

    ya i totally agree wit u both i hate how people r such fans but its only because of taylor i mean ya hes friken hot but read the books!!!if ur going to see it!!it just bugs me that people want to see it soo bad but its not because they read the books!!!!

  • Lovin_at_forks

    i so agree with ya!!! i read this mu life is average (a web site) story of so called twilight fans that freaked out because to make them worried a guy said that “it was too bad edward dies at the end” i was like freaking OUT! they call themselves fans but they don't even read the books!!

  • nessie09

    I totaly think there should be 2 movies i love the books so much and there is so much more they could fit in to 2 films ( more jacob and naked plaese lol ) i agree that it should be 1st film bellas human experiances and the second her immortal ones there will only ever be one twilight saga so DO IT RIGHT !!! and it will be worth waiting for. there sould so be sex scense in it not to be crude but it is part of the story and part of her life experiances they have the chance to make this one of the most amazing films ever and they cant stop now . oh and people READ THE GOD DAM BOOKS WHATS WRONG WITH U !!!!!!

  • TeamJacward_Original

    I agree with you on everything, someone who sees straight! haha.

    and they really should put the at least “leading up” to the sex scenes, its a major part of the beginning, and it starts the whole book!!

  • maree72

    I love that idea only I would rather see Kathrine be more apart of the directing. She at least captured intense moods between Bella and Edward I think through the music she implemented into the first movie. I finally figured out what was rubbing me raw on the second one.. it was the music.. it wasn't blending well for me tho the humor was great. It will be interesting to see what this third director has done with Eclipse. And even more interesting to see how much of the wolves characters they build on should they split book four up into two movies.

  • twihard_twilighter

    yeah me too. ppl need to read the books to understand the relations and feel the intensity.
    waiting for really long detailed breaking dawn. plz dont let our hopes down

  • anriettec

    If you would like to see Breaking Dawn in one long movie, please tweet #OneFilmBreakingDawn if you have Twitter. If we try hard enough, maybe we can get it trending. If we get it trending, then Summit will see we are serious about NOT having Breaking Dawn split up.

    Please people, we are the fans, and it is up to us to influence decisions. Breaking Dawn's screenplay haven't been written yet, so there is still a chance for us to fix this.

    Tweet #OneFilmBreakingDawn AND (#Twilight or #NewMoon or #Eclipse) and direct it at @Twilight. Like this:

    @Twilight We need a #OneFilmBreakingDawn #Twilight #NewMoon #Eclipse.

    Please people, let's get this trending.

  • anriettec

    If you have Twitter, please tweet:

    @Twilight We need a #OneFilmBreakingDawn #Twilight #NewMoon #Eclipse.

  • anriettec

    If you have Twitter, please tweet:

    @Twilight We need a #OneFilmBreakingDawn #Twilight #NewMoon #Eclipse.

  • anriettec

    If you have Twitter, please tweet:

    @Twilight We need a #OneFilmBreakingDawn #Twilight #NewMoon #Eclipse.

  • caitiesullivan

    I think it would be amazing to end the first Breaking Dawn with Bella laying on the table in the Cullens house and the very very last thing you see is a straight down shot on Bella's bright red eyes flashing open.
    I can see it now :)

  • edwardloverrr

    omg i love mylifeisaverage.com its amazing!!!

  • ironchick

    they will do it! there is no way after all the boxoffice records were demolished and the huge worldwide love of the books and the films. I really do hope they make Breaking Dawn into 2 films; that way they wont have to cut too much out.

    I also agree with you Alison. I have heard several compliants from 'nonreaders' and all I keep telling them is that the books are amazing and they are cheating themselves out of an addicting read by skipping them!

  • barrelracer1045

    right… and they are all like its too long blah blah blah thats what i thought at first but once you start reading them your stuck to them and its like you HAVE to read the next book … I have friends that just went to see the movies and it ticks me off soo bad that they wont even bother to read the books… Breaking Dawn is my favorite also

  • CmYsWaGgA130

    i knOw right…..I mean if Twi-hard fans(like me) can see Titanic, Harry Potter or Lord Of the Rings(which were like 3hrs or more) and not care about their butts hurting then they wouldnt mind sitting through a 5hr movie of Breaking Dawn and not care at all if they were real Twi-hard fans

  • riojones96

    I completely agree with you! I have friends that think are the TOP twilight saga fans before me (I've read every book 6 times) while my friends haven't even gotten through twilight

  • caitiesullivan

    That's so dumb.
    Why would you want it in one movie?

    As a Twilight fan, wouldn't you want as many Twilight movies as you can get?

    And if they make it one movie, do you KNOW how much they'll have to cut out.
    Let's see, Edward and Bella would have to get married, have the reception, talk to Jake, go to the honey moon, spend a week there, get preggo, fly back to America, talk to Carlisle, get sick, see Jake and the wolves debating whether or not to kill her, Bella get even worse and worse, Bella fall over and start having the baby, Jake and Edward trying to deliever the baby, Jake giving up, and finally Bella waking up all in about ONE HOUR. That would be a big piece of crap.

    Sorry to bash your idea, but it's obvious you didn't think it out. Sowwee

  • teamedwardalwys

    SO AGREE!! EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT

  • teamedwardalwys

    i thought the music was great but i do have to say Kathrine was better about directing the acting! I was very suprised at how not great it was in a couple parts in new moon :( I appreciate both movies for different reasons.. both of them were better in some ways but worse in others.

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