Variety is reporting that Summit has scheduled screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the first three films, to finish the series -- but whether she's writing one film or two, no one knows. Will the fourth book in 'The Twilight Saga,' 'Breaking Dawn,' hit the big screen in two parts? If Summit Entertainment and author Stephenie Meyer have their way, yes. If the actors don't get a significantly bigger paycheck, then very possibly, no.
Variety is reporting that Summit has scheduled screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the first three films, to finish the series -- but whether she's writing one film or two, no one knows.
The question marks? Whether 'New Moon' director Chris Weitz will return to shoot two back-to-back films. And the key cast members -- Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner -- are currently only inked to four films, which would mean re-opening negotiations for a fifth. Variety speculates that the three could command eight-figure paydays for an extra film. That's a whopping $10 million minimum each.
Weitz has already announced plans to direct the much smaller 'The Gardener,' which Summit is it talks to fund, a deal likely predicated on securing Weitz's participation on 'Breaking Dawn.' Weitz is expected to announce his decision soon, and sources tell Variety that the job is his, if he wants it.
"You can't do 'Breaking Dawn' in one movie, you'd have to split it up," Meyer told MTV News when the last book in the series came out in 2008. "I really think they'd have to do five movies." She says that fans will know the exact cliffhanger moment where the split should occur.
The third film in the series, 'Eclipse,' is due out June 20, 2010. David Slade (who previously tackled vamps in '30 Days of Night' and inappropriate/horrific May-December relationships in 'Hard Candy') directed that installment.
Given the insatiable appetite for all things 'Twilight,' we can't imagine that fans will accept anything less than the full epic treatment. After all, if 'Harry Potter' fans get two 'Deathly Hallows' films, surely the 'Twilight' saga can muster the ranks -- and the cash -- for a fifth film. Providing the 'Twilight' craze doesn't fizzle out sometime between now and the date that 'Breaking Dawn' hits theaters, or R-Pattz and Kristen do become a real-life couple and -- the horror! -- call it quits and refuse to work together.
|Yes! Only two films can do the story justice.||1280 (77.2%)|
|No! One film would do just fine.||377 (22.8%)|