‘Breaking Dawn’ Producer on Challenges of Adapting the Book

Published 4 years ago by , Updated April 15th, 2014 at 11:18 am,

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[This article contains BIG SPOILERS about Breaking Dawn's plot]

Wyck Godfrey, the producer of Summit Entertainment’s Twilight Saga franchise, recently sat down with The LA Times to discuss how the studio plans to adapt the fourth and final Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, for the big screen.

For those who aren’t drooling fans of the books, there is a lot in Breaking Dawn that’s proving to be a challenge for the filmmakers. However, Godfrey is on the front lines speaking up to assure fans that the film will go into production this fall, along with some other choice updates to share.

I haven’t read the books myself, but apparently in Breaking Dawn Bella (Kristen Stewart) graduates high school and gives birth to a human/vampire hybrid baby. Awesome. The baby matures in Bella’s belly at an accelerated rate, which causes some pregnancy troubles for mommy. Edward (Robert Pattinson) ultimately transforms Bella into a vampire so she can survive childbirth – but once their daughter, Renesmee, is born, Edward and Bella face a whole new problem: protecting her from the Volturi.

There’s much more to the story of course (it’s over 700 pages long), but it’s primarily the issue of how to bring rapidly-aging Renesmee to life onscreen that has the filmmakers stumped at the moment. Said Godfrey:

“I keep having visions of ‘[The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button’ in my head…It’s certainly going to be visual effects in some capacity along with an actor. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a full CG creation, but it also may be a human shot on a soundstage that then is used to shrink down. I don’t know.”

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Beyond the issue of Renesmee is whether or not Breaking Dawn needs to be split into two films. The book itself is split into three sections and two points of view. First there’s Bella’s POV, dealing with the realization of her pregnancy; the POV then jumps to shape-shifter Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who relates how Bella gives birth and the early days of Renesmee’s life; the final section switches back to Bella and deals with her and Edward’s attempt to protect their daughter from The Volturi.

There’s also a lot of detail in the book, including a slew of new characters, loose ends that need tying… almost too much for screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (who has penned all the Twilight films) to fit into one film, if everything is to be included. Said Godfrey:

“The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it’s organic. If it’s not organic, I don’t think it will be done, and if it is, it will be. It really has to do with how much level of detail from the books there is, with all of these new vampires that appear in ‘Breaking Dawn,’ the whole section about Jacob… It’s a very long single movie if it does become a single movie.”

Finally there’s the issue of a director: they don’t yet have one. After the success of New Moon this past fall, many fans have been lobbying for New Moon director Chris Weitz to return. But it’s not looking like that’s a strong possibility, according to Godfrey:

“I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

So there you have it. If you want to read more of the interview with Godfrey, go HERE.

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What do you Twilight fans think? How should they bring Renesmee to life onscreen – CGI? Benjamin Button motion-capture techniques? What about the format of Breaking Dawn? Keep the POV switches like the book, with all of the characters and details? Split the movie into two parts? What about directors? Keep pushing for Chris Weitz or start looking elswhere?

Wow, you guys have a lot to discuss. Thankfully our comment section is wide open. icon smile Breaking Dawn Producer on Challenges of Adapting the Book

Breaking Dawn hopes to be in theaters in 2011. We’ll see if it gets there.

Source: The LA Times

Fan-made Image Sources: Edward (Twilight Aussie Mums) & Bella (Fanpop)

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  1. I definitely think that Renesmee should be brought into the movie the same way she was brought into the book…maybe they dont have to show the whole birth because it was pretty messy, but i also think that its important to show the beginning and end of it. Just pulling her out of the blue would confuse the viewers. I, as a fan of the Twilight Saga and movies, want to see every last bit of how she was brought into their lives.

  2. I definitely think that Renesmee should be brought into the movie the same way she was brought into the book…maybe they dont have to show the whole birth because it was pretty messy, but i also think that its important to show the beginning and end of it. Just pulling her out of the blue would confuse the viewers. I, as a fan of the Twilight Saga and movies, want to see every last bit of how she was brought into their lives.

    • i agree with tneb i dont think that they should but the WHOLE birth in there especially if its going to be in 2 parts but i think it should be in to parts. part one being a bout the wdding and jacob showing up then after the honey moon it could just be like another is starting like after bell gets to rosalie the screen goes JACOB then fades out and starts from his p.o.v until nessie is born so people can be thinking bella is dead oh! and we cant forget the part where jacob imprints on renesmee. then movie 2 will be about her being a newborn vampire and dealing with the volturi.

      • i agree with tneb i dont think that they should but the WHOLE birth in there especially if its going to be in 2 parts but i think it SHOULD be in 2 parts. part one being about the wedding and jacob showing up. then after the honey moon it could just be like another movie is starting like after bella gets to rosalie the screen goes JACOB then fades out and starts from his p.o.v until nessie is born so people can be thinking bella is dead. oh! and we cant forget the part where jacob imprints on renesmee. then movie 2 will be about her being a newborn vampire and dealing with the volturi.

  3. your stupid they shouldnt stop maken then you stupid butt ur stupid

  4. I read Breaking Dawn and I personally think that it was the best book of the series. I think that it should be split into two movies, so that the movies aren't to long. The book was very long and I think that the movie would be way to long if the whole book was condensed into one movie. If the director decided to do that, then they might have to leave out a lot of the details. The details really help the story make a lot more sense especially in this book. I also think that the point of view change should be in the movie. A lot happens in the part of the book that is Jacob's point of view, and without that pov the relationship changes between the wolf pack and the cullen coven wouldn't make sense. When the book switched back to Bella's point of view everything was different because of what happened between those relationships. As for Renesmee I think that they should just have a bunch of actresses, which would be children of different ages, play her. As the character got older, they would change actresses. I mean its been done before and it should be done again.

  5. omfg i cant wait for this movie to come out
    im so freaken excited!!!
    imma c it the first day it comes out yaya!!
    (maybe)
    xD

  6. I've read all the books in 2 days. I was hooked! As a true fan of the story, I think they should go with 2 movies. There is alot of detail in 'Breaking Dawn', and it is my favorite book. As for capturing the true essence of Nessie. They should use a baby and child actors and CGI all the details. The first movie should be Bellas story and Jacobs story. The second movie should be Bellas story starting at her transformation!

  7. I would rather have two movies than one that drops important scenes from the book. Breaking Dawn is the book that draws everything together and should be treated as such by the movie makers. I can't imagine them leaving out the wedding, or the honeymoon (especially the honeymoon) etc. Maybe Jacob's part could be shortened.

  8. you should def. do the benjamin button idea, but the point of view thing? you should stick to one character which most likely is Bella, no one really cares about jacob's thoughts, the whole story isn't based on him…

  9. oh & it should be done in 2 films, i think it will give the fans a satisfaction that they really did see ALL the important scenes in the story. Plus details, are the best!

  10. Two Movies. Stay true to the essence of that book by adapting to POV in the book because it makes better sense,especially when Jacob imprints. No one but Jacob can explain that moment better. Bella does lose consciousness for a moment, so we must rely on other pov ,especially when edward thinks just for a moment, that he's too late.As for the renesmee problem of translating onto screen, half actors, half CGI, kinda like benjamin button but not freaky looking either. I just wish they make those damn contacts less brighter,its distracting.

  11. Does everyone REALLY like how new moon came out?? No one thinks it seemed rushed??? Dont get me wrong, I love new moon, but I find myself still watching twilight and reading new moon than watching it.

  12. I agree. I a person who loves dark movies personally but I still fell in love with the twilight series, I just wish it they unlocked it's potential with the right ppl and stop trying to please one generation, they could be so much darker, so i agree with you.

  13. I think they should bring ness in with actual actors there are enough people in this country to bring in look a likes it shouldn’t be hard since she doesn’t grow to old and cgi any details. Second the pov should be kept in many great movies are in pov it’s the transition of the povs that’s the hard part. Third why split the movie I’m sure most people have sat through long movies plus the first pov in the book is short the movie can put more emphasis on the second and final pov. As far as the director I think viewers will like eclipse director Dave Slade to do Breaking Dawn.
    to the poster “Michelle”, four books into two days?. What are you one of those speed readers they use at Senate and Congress to read law bills that are longer than a dictionary? I would have believed three and a half days with rest.

  14. I personally can’t stop reading the book because it just so different and exciting, you never get tired of it. I think that should get a actor to play Nessie, without an actors playing her, it wouldn’t be realistic. It would be like they left a chapter of the book out. And plus she is one of my favorite character in the book. I don’t think it would be hard to find a little girl with brown hair and eyes. I think that they should get the director from New Moon; I think he did a really awesome job. I think it would be best to make the movie into 2 parts because you can add more detail instead of trying push it all together or it can be like the Titanic, not like fans that are in love with Twilight will have a problem with looking at the movie for a long time.

  15. Foooooollliissshh mmooovvviiieee.. Llaaaaaammmeeee

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