‘Breaking Dawn’ Producer on Challenges of Adapting the Book

Published 5 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. simple 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. They could always just stop making them after Eclipse : )
    The volturi kill everyone. The end.

  2. Well obviously the franchise is profitable, so it would be stupid NOT to split it up into two films, plus that lends to the readers’ advantage, given more detail could be included.

    Renesmee: I don’t really see what the big deal is here. Either CGI or different baby actors or a combination of both will work IMO.

  3. In regards to Renesmee, not sure whether this is technically possible, but why not get human actors for the different ages that Nessie is portrayed in BD and then CGI the different facial movements and moving lips for her to speak, etc? At least the main cast will have a real baby, toddler, 4-5 year old to hold onto and interact with. Then all the stuff that makes Nessie unique can be CGI’d. Sounds cheesy I know, but just trying to help.

  4. One movie is all you need. The book is long but most of it (over 200 pages) is simply space filler where nothing is really going on. The prepare for a “war” that never happens. The “war” is like 70 pages of people standing around shooting the s***.

    Keep the two POVs, to stay true to the story. Otherwise Meyer would have to write a new book to create dialog for the other characters.

    The baby shouldn’t be an issue. Just get a toddler or an older child. The spirit of the book is that the “baby” is at the level of a 3-5 year old in a matter of days.

    Summit is just looking for an excuse to bleed this cash cow some more. There is no need for 2 movies.

  5. Make it one film that way the series will end quicker.

  6. Okay, I’ll admit. I read them. Twice. The first time through was alright, but the second time was a nightmare. They just go on and on and on and on! Half of breaking dawn could’ve been thrown out and it wouldn’t have affected the book at all.

  7. Moby Dick, Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, and countless other long (good) novels have successfully been made into single films, why should Breaking Dawn be any less manageable? Oh yeah, that’s right, they want more money. Of course.

  8. this movie will be trippy if they keep it faithful to the book… and also crappy. I read that garbage, I'm sad to say.

  9. To be honest and to keep with the integrity of the book, Breaking Dawn, Nothing should be left out. This is the grand finale of the series, it should go out with a bang, so to speak. I think maybe it could be a three to four hour movie, like Titanic was. There is so much to this movie, that I almost think it should be in two parts. One thing I do know is that the people in charge here will make a great movie or movies. Breaking Dawn will be great!

  10. Frack Twilight!

  11. I agree with you Sharon, that nothing should be left out. Even though we all know that something will be left out. Fans are expecting a gran Finale. Split or not. I am looking forward to it. I don’t mind staying longer to watch either as long as it is good. Good luck.

  12. I believe this movie will be done in a great way… if more possible if they can just get a family of kids that all look alike and use them as reneseme charater. hmmm that would be hard. If they do use CG why can't they use the kind of technology that James Cameron used for Avatar… now that's an idea.!

  13. MaryLou, I am right there with you. I would sit through a six hour Breaking Dawn movie. Stephenie Meyer was passionate enough to write a wonderful book like Breaking Dawn, and I am passionate enough to read the book and watch the movie, however long it is. I do pray nothing gets left out. Different parts of the books are important to different people, that is why I say please don’t leave anything out. Thank you.

  14. sharon watkins says:Different parts of the books are important to different people, that is why I say please don’t leave anything out.

    You are right Sharon that is true. Some of us fans forget that the book has a diverse audience and things that some of us hated other people liked. Good point.

  15. what the hells is wrong with these people your suposed to kill vampires not date them. fricken Bella YOU CAN FILL ME UP AND DO ANYTHING TO ME<AS LONG AS YOU DON'T EAT ME. god she sounds really annoying.

  16. what the hells is wrong with these people your suposed to kill vampires not date them. fricken Bella,YOU CAN FILL ME UP AND DO ANYTHING TO ME AS LONG AS YOU DON’T EAT ME. god she sounds really annoying.

  17. Well as a fan I would not like the movie in 2 unless it comes out on the same year either way there are a lot of slow parts in the book and a lot of chapters can be broken down from like 3 to 1 the switch of POV wont really be necessary because the fans would already know and for those that have not read the book it would be confusing and trust me if you guys keep it interesting and dont slow down a lot true fans wont mind being there for a 3hr movie and I personally think that Chris will be amazing as director he did not let much out of New Moon well they where some parts that we missed from the book that would have love to see but still he did a really good job unlike on the first movie that really left out the huge amount of love btwn Bella and Edward that we can persive from the book.

  18. Oh I forgot about Renesmee it would be great for a real person the idea of in the same family children would be awesome but understandable really hard to find

  19. “[This article contains BIG SPOILERS about Breaking Dawn's plot]”

    Wait a minute. From what I've heard about the book, I wasn't aware it HAD a plot. Is there some other book titled “Breaking Dawn,” maybe about a stubborn horse named Dawn that some horse whisperer is trying to break or something?

  20. they should use emma roberts & or danielle panabaker

  21. These movies have so much potential but they always end up as a teenage vampire movie .

  22. To think that Twitlight can be on the same level as Benjamin Button is totaly crazy.

  23. lol , they are just talking about the special effects in Benjamin Button as it involved almost the same effects that are needed for Breaking Dawn

  24. “[This article contains BIG SPOILERS about Breaking Dawn's plot]”

    [This site contains people who don't care about Breaking Dawn or its “plot”]

    I understand you gotta cover all movie news though haha it's understandable, even though there doesn't seem to be many Screen Ranters that like Twilight.

    I'm proud to say I didn't see Twilight or New Moon, and haven't read any of the books! Actually… I saw part of Twilight at school, but not by choice!

  25. Spoken like a true blood fan… I mean… Twilight fan. True Twilight fan.

  26. Snore.

  27. Maybe it's a chick thing. I liked the books and the movies…they weren't high art, but they were enjoyable. I get tired of being highbrow about EVERYTHING.

  28. I would set though a 3 hour movie if that is what they choose for Breaking Dawn.. But if they choose to make it into 2 movie then so be it… As far as Nessie, Make the movie like Benjamin Button like others are saying… And who cares if summit is just out for money… Ill pay for it!!! I payed for 8 tickets for New Moon lol…

  29. i Just got done reading them all. I think that they should split the movie because it really is a long book. There is so much detail and i think that the new Vampires/charcters do have enough detail to get actors for them, and i do think that it will be a challenge to make the movie since it has two diffrent point of views but if they pull this off and make it just like the book, the movie(s) will be amazing. Just like the book.