Typically, when we do one of our MTV cheat sheets, it's a compilation of all the info you need to know before you go see that movie opening weekend. Sometimes, we'll even stretch things a bit and give you the 411 on a blockbuster film coming along months from now. But if there's one film worth a reworking of the rules, it's "Breaking Dawn."
Technically, the fourth [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] film remains hypothetical at best. But that hasn't stopped the fans from wanting it, the series stars from talking about it, or the behind-the-scenes machinations from providing a story as compelling as Stephenie Meyer's controversial final novel. So, on the heels of the massive [movie id="414921"]"New Moon"[/movie] opening, here's a look at what you need to know as you wait for cameras to inevitably roll one last time on Edward and Bella.
And So It Begins
Naturally, we've been there since day one, blowing the lid off "Breaking Dawn" mania with an exclusive Stephenie Meyer interview that had the author explaining film possibilities, the novel's out-of-left-field plot twists, and even emotionally reacting to fans who had returned their copies to voice displeasure. Nevertheless, as Meyer went on tour with the novel and fans began to process its plot revelations, the black sheep of the "Twilight" saga seemed to begin winning over fans — and 47 percent of Twilighters recently selected it as the top movie in the franchise they want to see.
Who's Steering the Ship?
As the fans know, every "Twilight" movie thus far has had its own distinctive director at the helm — so, for the final movie, everybody seems to have an opinion. Jamie Campbell Bower and Ashley Greene want Tim Burton, who told us the gig could be "nice." RPattz would prefer Oscar-nominee Gus Van Sant, while many of the actors — and the fans — want Chris Weitz to be the franchise's first two-time filmmaker. (Sorry to break the news to you folks, but the "New Moon" director hopes to be a full-time surfer by the time "Breaking Dawn" hits theaters.)
Wait Till You See This
Bella Swan giving birth? Edward Cullen tearing her open? Jacob Black making his move ... on their infant daughter? At times, "Breaking Dawn" can be weirder than Gary Busey on a red carpet, so it's no surprise that Taylor Lautner is a bit unsure how he'll film his character's twists and turns. The star was surprised when he first read the novel, and Kristen Stewart still has trouble wrapping her head around Bella's decisions. This much is certain: Whoever does direct the final movie will have their work cut out for them.
Two Is Better Than One?
Harry Potter's fans were so loyal that the franchise's handlers said they'd rather make two movies than abridge "The Deathly Hallows" too much. Ever since Meyer herself told us exclusively in July 2008 that she liked the idea, the notion of similarly splitting "Breaking Dawn" has proven as difficult to escape as James the "tracker" vampire. That's good news for Taylor Lautner and others who can't wait to get cameras rolling, although RPattz has expressed some concern over becoming "Twilighted out." Well, if he needs some extra energy on the set, Rob could always find inspiration in the sugar rush of a delicious "Twilight" chocolate bar.
Where's the Green Light?
The fans have their 10 bucks ready, the actors want in and Stephenie Meyer has given her blessing. Now all we're waiting for is a suit to give the official thumbs-up. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has been asked back, $141 million in opening-weekend box office certainly helps the franchise, and Summit even recently sold the rights to FX to air four "Twilight" movies. With the announcement seemingly inevitable and RPattz saying the series could return to Portland, "New Moon" mania and "Eclipse" eagerness may soon give way to ... "Breaking Dawn" dementia?
Check out everything we've got on "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
For young Hollywood news, fashion and "Twilight" updates around the clock, visit HollywoodCrush.MTV.com.