The “Breaking Dawn” questions are familiar by now: Who will direct? Will the final book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series be split into one film or two? Could the whole thing receive the ever-popular 3-D treatment? Then there’s one query that has gotten less play but which is still highly relevant to the proceedings: Just how do you make a PG-13 movie out of a book that features oodles of vampire-on-teenager sex and the gruesome birth of a vampire/human baby?
Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has stepped up to reassure Twilighters that not only will “Breaking Dawn” be rated PG-13 (as the two earlier films were) rather than R, but that nothing in the story will be sacrificed in the process.
“That’s your audience,” she told Film.com. “In this series, you don’t sacrifice anything. There are some movies that wouldn’t play at PG-13, like ’The Hangover,’ but this is just not one of them for me. Again, if you’re capturing character, emotion and emotional journey, you’re OK.”
Rosenberg also addressed another pressing “Breaking Dawn” question: Who’s going to step into the director’s chair? Among the names floating around the Web are Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Gus Van Sant (“Milk”) and Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”). As the writer behind every ’Twilight” script, does Rosenberg have any say in the process?
“It’s definitely not up to me,” she said during the interview. “I’ve seen lists and weighed in, and they always welcome input, which is lovely, but ultimately it’s [Summit Entertainment’s] decision, and they’ll do what they do, and I’ll work with whomever they choose. I had no knowledge of the first three directors, and it worked. Generally speaking, [the candidates] are people I haven’t worked with before.”
One person who has been working more and more over the course of the “Twilight” series is Taylor Lautner, who started off with a tiny part in the first film before graduating to a major role in “New Moon.” Rosenberg was impressed that Lautner took the initiative to turn himself into a “leading man.”
“Taylor Lautner is a rare breed,” she said. “He wanted something, and he made it happen. It easily could have gone the other way, if he doesn’t do anything, maybe it doesn’t happen for him. [He’s] incredibly driven. That character is such a physical character that it had to be a transformation.”
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