Rumor Patrol: ‘Breaking Dawn’ Won’t Be Shot in 3D

Published 5 years ago by , Updated September 21st, 2010 at 11:47 pm,

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The Twilight Saga has been a pop-culture fixation for the last few years, and the movie adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s novels have been a bonafide cash cow for Summit Entertainment, the little studio that has become a much larger player in the movie game thanks to Twilight‘s box-office shattering profits.

Summit hasn’t been at all shy about trying to milk The Twilight Saga for all it’s worth: releasing New Moon and Eclipse at the height of the Fall and Summer movie rushes, and then making the (surely profit-driven) decision to release the fourth and final Twilight adaptation, Breaking Dawn, as two separate films (a la Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows).

Ever since we heard the plan for two Breaking Dawn movies, we (and a lot of other movie news aficionados) naturally assumed that Summit would go for the ultimate cash-grab by either shooting or post-converting their two Breaking Dawn films into 3D. After all, in the past year films like Clash of the Titans and Alice In Wonderland have proven that even sub-par 3D films (and their hiked ticket prices) are a winning bet for studios looking boost profit margins on their tentpole properties – so naturally a 3D, two-part,  Breaking Dawn would be a no-brainer for Summit, right?

Well, anybody assuming that we were going to get the final entries to The Twilight Saga coming at us in three dimensions may want to pause for a second: the website Gossip Cop is reporting from a source allegedly inside of Summit Entertainment that there are no plans for Breaking Dawn to be shot in 3D.

Notice I said “SHOT IN 3D.” Of course there is still plenty of room for Summit to go the (cheaper) route of simply converting Breaking Dawn after the fact – however, Gossip Cop goes on to claim that currently there are no plans to convert either chapter of the two-part film into 3D. Will that be the case all the way up until Breaking Dawn‘s release? Who knows…but I wouldn’t rule it out just quite yet.

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As for whether or not Breaking Dawn is suited for 3D: it’s a novel about Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her vampire hubby Edward (Robert Pattinson) dealing with a troubled pregnancy and the birth of their vampire/human hybrid child. I didn’t read the novel, but from what I understand the most action offered by the story involves a few wolfpack skirmishes (cue shirtless Taylor Lautner) and a less-than-thrilling showdown with a vampire tribunal; it basically sounds like True Blood meets Law & Order. That said, 3D seems wholly unnecessary for the film(s) – but then, when has the unnecessary ever been a successful deterrent to the profit-making whims of Hollywood?

For now, let’s just throw our bets on the table: What do you think the chances are of Summit going with a 3D format for Breaking Dawn (whether it’s shot that way or converted later)?

Breaking Dawn: Part I will be in theaters on November 18, 2011.

Breaking Dawn: Part II will be in theaters on November 16, 2012.

Sources: Gossip Cop via Digital Spy

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  1. They’ll go 3D route. They realize how much money they can make through teenage/tween girls if they have a 3D shirtless Lautner. They know. It will definitely be in 3D.

  2. I wish the movie well, but I dont see why it has to be in 3D.


  4. Why would you have this movie in 3D? What is there to showcase? Bella’s birth scene in 3D? Ya I’ll pass.

  5. From what I understand, neither the director, the screenwriter, fans, or the cast want the film in 3D. If the studio decides to make it in 3D anyway it could be trouble.

  6. Its just bla bla bla as always! I mean who wants to see ppl walking in 3d? 3d is so that things can pop out!!!

  7. I really wish the headline said breaking dawn wont be shot at all lol!

    • same here, maybe if they wouldoff had the old fashion wherewolf instead of wolf on steroids, it might of been a bit more interesting than to see a Vampire fighting with a big dog.

      • For real. And isn’t the transformation of werewolf supposed to be painful? Not just an explosion into a big dog?

  8. SULLY

  9. I don’t see any point in this movie going 3D

  10. Summit can make even more money by releasing it in IMAX, guaranteeing that fans will pay more to see the Twilight gang on that huge screen. Since the IMAX fee increases the ticket price anywhere from four to six dollars, they will be raking in the money. Even if the movie is only showin in IMAX theaters for a limited time.

  11. If they don’t do it in 3D it will be the first wise decision the producers have made to date.

    • do you mean artistic decision or commercial decision? Artistically, the movie being made at all is a bad decision. Commercially, they’ve been very successful going against the grain by pumping out two (relatively) cheaply made sequels within less than a year from the last one. Forget the norm of building hype over a two year period, just throw it on the screen and let the MTV MVAs do fuel the interest.

      Brilliant moves actually

  12. Yes they just explode into a dog thats lame.

    • [they're not werewolves -- they're shape shifters]

  13. the first twilight movie wasn’t in 3D and made millions as soon as it came out. So did the other two. None of them were in 3D and all of them were a sucess. Why would they make it in 3D even though it will be just fine without it? If they do (which I expect them to do) make the movie in 3D it wouldn’t make any sense because the rest of the movies aren’t in 3D.