For “Twilight” fans, staying accurate to the source material when adapting the books to film goes without saying. Melissa Rosenberg has made some decisions we haven’t agreed with in the past (changing the end of the scene we saw at the Movie Awards, for one), but when she suggested slight alteration in the birthing scene in “Breaking Dawn” in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, we couldn’t have agreed with her more.
There has been a lot of talk — from fans, press and those involved with the films — as to how Bella’s vampire cesarean birth will make its way to the big screen adaptation of “Breaking Dawn,” but Melissa suggests that it might not have to.
“On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are, ’It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!’ For me it’s actually more interesting to not see it,” she told MTV News. “You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth. … It doesn’t mean it’s any less evocative of an experience.”
Ultimately, she is leaving the decision up to director Bill Condon. “From a screenwriter standpoint that’s gonna land more squarely in the director’s hands,” she teased. “That’s one of those things [where] I kind of say [and] make a few sort of general suggestions on the page and say, ’Go! Go, Bill! Do it!’ ”
Still, we have a feeling a lot of people are going to feel ripped off if they don’t get to see the most gruesome scene in “Twilight” history make its way to the big screen. We, on the other hand, could live without Robert Pattinson tearing apart Kristen Stewart’s stomach on the big screen, and it would save Bill and the rest of the “Breaking Dawn” team quite a bit of mockery.
We’ll be live at the L.A. premiere of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” on Thursday, June 24. Tune in to Movies.MTV.com at 9:30 ET (8:30 Central) for our red-carpet webcast, and watch us chat with Robert, Kristen, Taylor and all your favorite stars. And don’t forget to submit your burning ’Eclipse’ questions!
Do you think “Breaking Dawn” would be better or worse without showing the infamous birthing scene?