Cliff’s Notes for the reading impaired:
- Vancouver – not Portland, as has been rumored
- This fall – that’s as good as we get for dates so far
- Chris Weitz is not confirmed, and not even likely
- Still no decision on whether it will be 1 movie or 2
Here’s a bit of the L. A. Times interview with Twilight Saga producer Wyck Godfrey from last Friday:
Wyck Godfrey, the producer of all the films in the “Twilight” saga, admits that the creative team still doesn’t know how they’ll handle the character [Renesmee?] in the “Breaking Dawn” movie, but said that the plan is absolutely for the production to go forward — as either one or two installments — with an eye toward beginning to shoot in Vancouver this fall. All three stars are signed for “Breaking Dawn,” he said, meaning that Stewart and Pattinson will be dealing with the joys and woes of interspecies parenting and newly minted heartthrob Taylor Lautner will return as often-shirtless shape-shifter Jacob Black.
Although there’s been a great deal of online chatter about whether Chris Weitz, director of the second and most recent movie, “New Moon,” would return to helm “Breaking Dawn,” Godfrey downplayed that possibility, saying, “I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
He and the other principals are formulating a list of potential directors, “but right now,” Godfrey said, “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.”
A visual effects background might be particularly helpful when it comes to dealing with the character of Renesmee.
The third movie in the series, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” is due in theaters June 30.
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