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.
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.
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?