Twilight series growing up with Breaking Dawn directors?
It might be a little late for the Twilight series to grow up, on the last film as well, but it looks like it is, especially with this rumour of who is being considered to direct the Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
It seems a little fortuitous now, looking back, that Catherine Hardwicke wasn't on the second film and that it was handed to Chris Weitz who brought it up and aged it a little more, but the third one might be aiming for an audience a bit more grown up and sophisticated than the one it's been pitched at so far, or at least I hope so.
Why do I think that? Well the choice of directors on the project sounds like it could well be lining itself up to out grow it's younger outings, for according to reports Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon have apparently been approached for the third film, and Entertainment Weekly has the confirmation that Van Sant's representatives have confirmed he's been approached, although there's been no indication of interest as yet.
Let's think about those choices for a moment. Bill Condon directed Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh, Kinsey and Dreamgirls, and he has Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? On his slate. Now that's a varied list right there, although Dreamgirls has a little taste of the direction the franchise could go in, but it's definitely suggesting something a lot more adult than we've been used to.
What about Sofia Coppola? Well she's most known for Lost in Translation, again there's a lot about characters and relationships, and while there's that tinge of romance and happy feelings, there's a lot more adult storyline in there than the teen angst we've been used to. Even with her other films such as Marie Antoinette?
Finally, Gus Van Sant, now for me he's the odder choice on the list, but by far the most interesting. Milk (Filmstalker review), Paranoid Park, Last Days, Elephant, and more. Again there's that emotive and personal side to the films, something to really touch the heart, but way more adult than we've seen in the Twilight franchise and a lot darker.
Right now I'd be happy with any of those choices, although I secretly think that the studio want Sofia Coppola above all of them, that is if the is correct.
However there's something that bothers me, why would they go this far on the third film when they haven't all ready? They can't go and alienate the fans they've made so far and push the franchise too far, I really can't see any of these choices being allowed to push the franchise too far away from that PG13 group, can you?