Graphic Moments in ‘Breaking Dawn’ Will Happen Off Screen

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The June 30th release date for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is right around the corner but fans are already thirsty (see what I did there?) for more information on the subsequent – and final – chapter, Breaking Dawn.

Of particular interest is the manner in which the filmmakers choose to handle some of the more graphic elements from Stephenie Meyer’s novel. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg (who’s penned all of the entries in the Twilight movie franchise) spoke with the LA Times recently and offered some insight into the approach she’s taking with the material (possible spoilers follow):

“On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are ‘It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!’ For me it’s actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth … it doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.”

This supports previous comments from Rosenberg where she declared her desire for Breaking Dawn to receive a PG-13 rating. While the news may come as a disappointment to those anxious to see how far an R-rated Breaking Dawn might go, it’s not entirely unexpected given that a large portion of the fan base is made up of teenagers.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of Twilight and it’s become pretty easy for me to ignore this craze until it goes the way of boy bands, slap bracelets, acid-washed jeans, and other bad decisions people made when they were young. However, I’ve been  DYING to see how they will make Breaking Dawn, given the graphic nature of its plot.

Bella and Edward Twilight Graphic Moments in Breaking Dawn Will Happen Off Screen

Again, I’m not the least bit surprised they’ve chosen to tone down some of the grizzlier aspects of the story. However, I am still in shock they managed to snag Bill Condon to direct the film. I would never have expected that, but he certainly seems enthusiastic about landing the job.

Breaking Dawn will be split into two parts and despite earlier setbacks, the entire cast will be returning. Part 1 arrives on November 18th, 2011 – Part 2 follows in November 2012.

What do you think of the decision to downplay the more graphic elements in Breaking Dawn? Are you disappointed this won’t be a more gruesome installment than its predecessors or is it what you expected all along?

Source: LA Times Via Cinematical.

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    • I think they should follow the book I was realy disapointed when they cut so much out of the films we go to see all the book only bit to be changed as it would be to long but most of it should be in the film as them that have read the book understand whats going on an if parents dont like it they shouldnt let ther kids read the book so whats the diffrentce so come on do the film like the book thanks a fan

  1. boooooooooooooooooo

  2. I knew they would do this! UGHHHHH, i wanted to see the honeymoon scenes ;)…:(:(:( By cutting them or diluting them, plus the birth scene, they are taking away the main reasons for people coming to see the film. All twihards know what the books contain ;) and want to see it brought to the screen with kristen and rob!!!!!!

    • *book contains

  3. There is a really simple solution to this issue. Release the edited PG-13 version in theaters (to maximize viewers) and then put out an unrated DVD version with ALL the footage that the real Twilight fans expect to see. Everyone is happy! It’s a marketing dream and the DVD would sell like crazy.

    • I hate twilight, just sayin’ but but i agree with sarah

  4. this is why i will never go to the movies to go see twilight

  5. All I can say is wat a dick move splitting the last movie into 2 parts another way of just milking this franchise for every penny they can suck from all the fans all I can say is die hard fans will get only a taste of the final book and have to wait till the conclusion in 2012

  6. I am a fan of the books and the movies, and would much rather them stick with the detailed that was used in the books. Most of the people who are so into the ‘trend’ have read the books and know what is going on, so it’s not like it would be such a big surprise when it happens on film. And after the first 3 movies, I think parents would give the younger audience the okay to see the final chapter put to film as well.

  7. I am a big fan of the books and the movies and I think we should take a look at Harry potter for a second. For one thing since each book has gotten darker the ranking had gotten higher. At an early age we know that vampires com with blood guts and gore. In the book SM only tells us when they are about to have sex. Then just jumps to when Bella wakes up. These books and movies are not meant for children of a young age. I think it should be for children around 12 and up. Moms have even read the book and SM is even a mother herself and she will also be part of the producing process. I think that they should show they birthing scene but just keep doing close ups of Edwards and Jacobs heads. Jacob doing CPR, A brief shot of Rosalie with the scalpel then her being pulled out of the room, Then Edward takes the scalpel then camera closes up on him as he makes the incision, then since this Jacob’s point of view we only see Edward biting the placenta, we get to see Edward holding up the baby, then Bella with the baby until the baby bites Bella then the baby is taken away as Edward and Jacob doing CPR, Edward inject the venom into Bella then biting her, then Jacob imprints with Renesmee. I think they should put all this in the movie because they are planning to split the movie in two and they are going to need something to show. And it will be interesting to see what goes on around Bella during her transformation and Bella is aware when the morphine wears off but keeps herself still so we don’t actually see what is going on around her we just here it. And when she wakes up I can’t wait to see her first hunt. SM took us through every step of this adventure of Bella’s. We deserve to see her give birth in a way to an extent. If it does end up being to gory and graphic, kids everywhere have read the book so they know what to expect, they should put a viewer discretion on it. If that does end up being the case then when the time comes when the movie premieres then they should have the people in charge of the theaters make sure that children under 12 or something have adults with them when they watch the movie.

  8. No I am happy about it.

  9. I’m not surpirsed but still disappointed. I don’t care what you want Melissa Rosenberg. Let’s not forget that you did write the screenplay for the first movie is, so far, the most ridiculous of all the movies. Why don’t you tap into your “Dexter” writing skills?

    Bill Condon has an Oscar for SCREENWRITING for Christ’s sake! He won with “Gods and Monsters” and was again nominated in the same category (ADAPTED screenplay) for “Chicago.” Why doesn’t he just write the script? Or at least edit it when Melissa’s done with it?

  10. i don’t think it should be a PG-13 rating. breaking dawn should have a lot of detail and graphice scenes jus like the book, if not then everyone will be disappointed.

  11. ugh! i HATE it when parents take their 7 year old to see Twilight no matter which one, but i would be SO angry if when i see breaking dawn, there is a little kid. I have waited MY turn to see pg-13 movies, so should they!! I tell my little sis tht she cant watch Twilight with me and my mom. I think it would be WAY more interesting w/ the gore and sex, but i think they would have to rate it R, and i wouldn’t be able to see it and a lot of other less than 17 year old twi-hards wouldn’t be able to see it.

  12. I’m sorry that I feel I must dissagree with almost every other post here. I was a huge fan of the books when I first started to read them, I loved the characters and the love story was beautiful, however the one thing that turned me off the books was the graphic nature of the birth scene. Up to that point SM had glossed over the more violent aspects of Edwards life (as one would expect Bella to do considering she was in love with him). The scene of Renesmee’s birth destroyed for me any beauty this love story once held. As such I was never a fan of the character Renesmee as I looked on her as the ruination of a once good book. I think for the sake of the younger fans out there, to minimalize the violence in this scene would be to hold on to the integrity of this as a love story without turning it into something ugly and gruesome.

  13. I dont think any of these books were meant for children. I think to take all of the birthing scenes and anything “violent” takes away from the book and people who actually read the books will be disappointed. I would like to see the movie stick to the actual book.

  14. I’m sorry, but I am not as dissopointed as almost every other person. Twilight has mostly attracked to teens, so why make it r rated? Also, I agree with Emma Jones. It was an amazing love story, but by Renesmee’s birth, it was more about the baby than thier love for each other. I honestly didn’t like it as much. I’d rather see them in love.