who should direct breaking dawn?

26 05 2009

The LA Times has attempted to answer one of the most important questions in twi hards minds these  days, in  an article that I felt gave “Breaking Dawn” the attention it deserves and will need, to be made properly into a movie. While I am the biggest Catherine Hardwicke fan (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown), and really felt she could grasp the angst and heart of the Saga, she departed after only helming Twilight. If it weren’t for Catherine Hardwicke, we wouldn’t have had Kristen Stewart as Bella, referred and recommended to her by Emile Hirsch, star of  “Lords of Dogtown”, after working with Kristen on “Into the Wild” (another must see for twi hards).

Without Ms Hardicke, we also wouldn’t have her muse, Nikki Reed, as Rosalie, we would no doubt have some dumb actress with the looks that Rosalie possesses , but not half the depth as Nikki Reed does and will be able to bring to this role, especially what will be required of her in “Breaking Dawn”.

And last but not least we wouldnt have RoBear, hand picked by Kristen, and only agreed to do the movie after seeing KStew’s performance in” Into the Wild”. So as far as I am concerned, Catherine Hardwicke not only did her job beautifully, but was a crucial part of how the entire saga will end up on the big screen. She was a WIN.

Kristen and the genius Catherine Hardwicke

Kristen and the genius Catherine Hardwicke




Who could possibly take on the project that is Breaking Dawn? Here the LA TIMES examines the contenders:

Who is worthy of such a challenge? We’ve thought of six so far….  

Peter Jackson: The “Lord of the Rings” series — “The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and “The Return of the King” — and “King Kong”

The New Zealander carries emotional story lines and dialogue to full tilt. With the help of the Weta Workshop and his Oscar-winning friend Richard Taylor, the makeup and design effects would be a cinch.

Guillermo del Toro: “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Hellboy,” “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” and “The Hobbit”

With “Hellboy,” he dressed a grown man in latex prosthetics for a movable and realistic look and then commissioned dozens of individual creatures for “Hellboy II.” A dozen or so werewolves and some vampires would be a walk in the park for this director, who’s overseeing “The Hobbit” next.   

Len Wiseman: “Underworld,” “Underworld: Evolution” and “Live Free or Die Hard”

If Slade (“30 Days of Night”) can direct “Eclipse,” then Wiseman could definitely lend his vampire and werewolf experience to “Breaking Dawn.” He would have to leave the goth garb behind, but bringing along his wife, Kate Beckinsale, for a vamp cameo would be even better.

Andrew Adamson: “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Prince Caspian.”

Mixing fantasy with reality is his forte, which would be a natural progression from what we’ve seen so far. From a live-action Mr. Tumnus (James McAvoy) to the computer-generated Aslan, Adamson’s got enough tricks up his sleeve to make Renesmee look real.

Sam Raimi: “Spider-Man” 1-4, “Drag Me to Hell,” “The Evil Dead” and “Army of Darkness”

Raimi is where horror meets sci-fi, and he doesn’t shy away from romance. His humor and camp could do wonders with Jacob’s sometimes snarky attitude in the final book. He’s also the most qualified for Bella’s gut-wrenching birth scene.

Alfonso Cuarón: “Great Expectations,” “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” “Paris, je t’aime” and “Children of Men”

A fav director among the Harry Potter filmmakers, he was also the one to bring Lupin(a.k.a. the werewolf prof) to the big screen. Cuarón disrobed (in the most innocent sense) the teens and made them more relatable to audiences, which “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer would surely appreciate.

Personally, I think the director of “Pan’s Labryinth” would KILL THIS, as well as the director of “Great Expectations”, Alfonso Cuarón. Who else do you know that could direct such romance as was displayed in “Great Expectations” as well as the darkest Harry Potter film made to date, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”?





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