Last week we reported on the rather surprising list of directors that Summit Entertainment was eyeing to direct the fourth installment in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn. The award-winning list of directors included Sofia Coppola (Lost In Translation), Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and Gus Van Sant (Milk), although only the latter was confirmed to have been approached by the studio  (reps of the other two had no comment).

At first glance it may have seemed like names were being thrown out by the studio as a sort of directors “dream list,” but now  it appears that Summit is really serious about getting a top-notch director to helm Breaking Dawn. LA Times is now reporting that Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry is now on the short-list to direct the fourth Twilight movie.

You may not know his name, but Daldry is a three-time Oscar nominee for his films The Reader, The Hours and Billy Elliot. Like the rest of the directors on the shortlist, there’s nothing to indicate he’s actively interested in directing the two-part final installment of Twilight, but it’s certainly intriguing that such high-end directors are being considered.

However, as The LA Times points out, of all those four directors rumored for the job, Daldry certainly stands out. He has earned more Oscar nominations than any of other directors being considered (although Coppola and Condon have won Oscars and Daldry hasn’t), and his films have dealt with a lot of the same themes as the Twilight franchise, including forbidden love (The Reader) and teen alienation (Billy Elliot).

As a general note, Daldry is the only director who doesn’t have an upcoming film on his plate, which means his schedule is wide open for shooting Breaking Dawn this Fall.

Whoever gets the directing gig, they’re going to have more complicated material to tackle than the previous Twilight movies. [SPOILER alert for those who haven’t read the books] Breaking Dawn involves Bella (Kristen Stewart) becoming pregnant and giving birth to a half-human half-vampire baby, and part of that story is told from the perspective of Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly, Bella dealing with moving to a new town and attending a new school doesn’t seem like such a big deal…

We’ll keep you posted if Daldry or any of the other shortlisted directors actually end up in Breaking Dawn‘s directing chair. For now: Which of the directors would you prefer helm the fourth movie(s)?

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will likely start shooting this fall and both parts will probably hit theaters in 2011 or 2012.

If you can’t wait that long, Eclipse hits theaters on June 30th this year and New Moon is now available on DVD/Blu-ray (I’m sure you’ve noticed).

Source: LA Times