Final Chapter of The Twilight Saga Might Get Split in Two?
by Ethan Anderton
December 1, 2009
Whether you hate it or heartily dislike it (those are the only options right?) there's no denying that The Twilight Saga is a force to be reckoned with at the box office. And with so many tween girls going to the theaters again and again to see the estranged love triangle between Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, there's no doubt that Summit Entertainment will finish out the film series, but exactly how they'll finish it out is under discussion as Variety reports they are going back and forth on the idea to split the final installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, into to separate films a la Harry Potter.
Though it seems like it would be a no-brainer to maximize the success storm that has swept emo-hipster vampire lovers everywhere off their feet, believe it or not the cost to split Breaking Dawn into two films is a significant chunk of change. If Summit goes for two films, that would mean reopening negotiations and securing approval from author Stephanie Meyer (probably not that difficult) and would also mean making new deals with a cast that is only locked up for four films. And that's where most of the difficulty comes since all of the key cast members will get an exorbitant raise, with the three lead actors potentially landing a paycheck in the eight-figure range. Meanwhile, the rest of the country is still in an economic crisis.
However the key to all of this will be if Summit can potentially convince already jaded director Chris Weitz to return for two more back-to-back films in the Twilight universe. They haven't closed a deal for Weitz's recently announced project, The Gardener, and Variety speculates that this is probably because they want Weitz to postpone it and work on Breaking Dawn instead. I didn't even direct New Moon and I'm already tired of Twilight, so I can't imagine how he must feel. But with Weitz' displeasure with the industry, why wouldn't Summit turn to David Slade who directed the third installment, Eclipse, being released next June?
Who knows what will ultimately happen with the franchise, but I hope the series finishes strong and quickly so that fans and non-fans can both be happy that it's over. And as for a director, do any of you really care?