The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn films gain director
Like Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn story is set to be split into two films, and so the studio have been off seeking a director. Now one has been found and he's currently in negotiations for the part, and it's the director of some pretty serious films.
Think Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, Dreamgirls, and forget Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh. Actually, maybe don't try and foget it. Looking at that list of films, merging them all together probably does give you a more grown up and slightly more realistic Twilight film.
The director is Bill Condon, and he was in an interesting list of directors that both Summit and Stephanie Meyer had finally decided upon, a list that according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, included Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Fernando Meirelles.
Wow, that's a list right there. I think the Van Sant idea would have been too far away from the Twilight novels and films to date, and might have produced something great for new fans, but not for current. Coppola would have done well I imagine, but again her own flare might have intervened with what the studio and the author want from the two films, and finally I think that Meirelles was probably a better choice than Condon, but then I'm approaching it from the non-fan, adult viewer, so that's probably not the way the studio and author are looking at it.
So Bill Condon may well end up the director of the two final films, and capping off the franchise nicely. Mind you he does have a job to live up to, despite dodgy effects, neutered creatures and over romanticised stories and dialogue, the films have been doing really well, and Chris Weitz managed to double the takings from the first film. Still, he didn't want to return to the franchise.
The article does make a fair point though, the studio has put in more effort to this franchise than you would normally expect from a Hollywood film with a captured, ready-made audience. They could have produced something much cheaper with lesser talent and made just a big a percentage return. As it is they've pushed things a little from the average Hollywood attempt, and they have been making it better as the films progress.
So Twilight fans, are you up for Condon directing the two final films?