Last Friday, we brought you the news that The Reader and Billy Elliot director, Stephen Daldry was on the shortlist of directors that will potentially helm the last installment in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn (which is being broken into two parts, Harry Potter-style).
However, now we learn that another award-winning filmmaker may be in for a (long) shot at directing Breaking Dawn.
M. Night Shyamalan – the director known for films like The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and most recently The Last Airbender – talked to MTV on the red carpet of the Kids’ Choice Awards last Saturday, where he expressed his interest in the Twilight franchise.
To be clear, this isn’t in any way a clear indication that Shyamalan is on the directing shortlist for Breaking Dawn (along with Daldry, Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon), but rather just a possibility based on Shyamalan’s opinion of the Twilight franchise.
Here’s exactly what he said to MTV:
“I would’ve loved to be– I love the series, and Catherine [Hardwicke's] movie, it was one of my favorite movies of that year… “Really, I thought tonally, it was a perfect movie. I called her up after I saw ‘Twilight’ and was like ‘That was amazing.’ So I’m a big fan.”
Okay, so maybe Shyamalan doesn’t exactly help his dwindling reputation as a great filmmaker (although The Last Airbender does look promising) by calling Twilight “a perfect movie.” But it does show that he’s got an admiration for the franchise, and with The Last Airbender having wet his appetite for more big-budget (perhaps more mainstream) fare, then it doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility that he may pursue the director’s chair for Breaking Dawn.
Of course, this is all assuming that Summit Entertainment is interested in Shyamalan. But why wouldn’t they be? They’ve already lined up at least four award-winning directors that are strong “maybes,” and on top of Shyamalan’s critical success (he was nominated for both writing and directing The Sixth Sense) his films are not too dissimilar to the Twilight franchise in terms of tone and the themes they deal with.
Again, THIS IS NOT A CONFIRMATION of Shyamalan being in the running, but it’s fun to discuss the possibility anyway. Would you be happy to see M. Night Shyamalan direct the fourth Twilight movie? Or would you prefer Coppola, Van Sant, Condon or Daldry (or someone else entirely) to helm it?
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will likely start filming late this year and you can expect to see both parts hit theaters sometime in 2011 or 2012.