‘Breaking Dawn’ Updates: Movie Planned To Shoot This Fall, Possibly With A CGI Renesmee

Undershadowed by this week’s Stephenie Meyer/Summit Entertainment “Breaking Dawn” disagreement rumor was a piece the LA Times put out where they spoke to “Twilight Saga” producer Wyck Godfrey about the series’ final installment(s). In it Wyck talks about such bland things as Renesmee possibly being an entirely CGI creation?!

With the success of “Avatar,” it makes sense that this idea is being toyed with, but Summit isn’t Fox and whoever ends up helming “Breaking Dawn” (which Wyck says he doesn’t think will be Chris Weitz, fyi) will be no James Cameron. Therefore, with so many such CGI situations turning into unrealistic disasters, Wyck’s comment was cringe-worthy to say the least.

“I keep having visions of ’[The Curious Case of] Benjamin Button’ in my head,” he said. “It’s certainly going to be visual effects in some capacity along with an actor. I wouldn’t be surprised if it ends up being a full CG creation, but it also may be a human shot on a soundstage that then is used to shrink down.”

Fortunately, Wyck did add that ultimately the decision will be up to whatever director ends up signing on to the project. And he seems to have high hopes that that decision will be made soon. All three main actors are signed for the final installment in the series, and Wyck told the Times that “Breaking Dawn” is absolutely going forward — one movie or two — and that the plan is to begin to start shooting in the fall in Vancouver. That will be after the release of “Eclipse,” and might help with being able to bring in some bigger named directors (and actors for the hordes of new vampires that are sure to be introduced in the film) and a better budget for the final film(s) if the third film in “The Twilight Saga” is a success.

What they’re waiting on right now, though, is screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg’s treatment for “Breaking Dawn.” “The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it’s organic. If it’s not organic, I don’t think it will be done, and if it is, it will be,” Wyck said. “It really has to do with how much level of detail from the books there is, with all of these new vampires that appear in ’Breaking Dawn,’ the whole section about Jacob… It’s a very long single movie if it does become a single movie.”

He added, “We’re just focused on the treatment and getting that right. At that point, we’re going to see who’s available and who’s appropriate. It’s such a complicated book because you have the emotions and the intensity of the love story — so you need somebody who’s just a wonderful director of actors — and yet it’s really complicated from an action and visual effects standpoint. They’ve got to have both tools in their kit.”

What do you think of the possiblity of Renesmee being CGI? What about Chris Weitz most likely not directing the fourth installment?