Moviegoers may get an extra chance to visit the world of “Twilight.”
With the third installment, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” nearly done, Summit Entertainment is prepping to adapt the series’ fourth and final book. “Breaking Dawn,” though, is weighty enough that the studio is contemplating splitting it into two films, according to Variety.
Thing is, Summit only contracted the lead actors, director Chris Weitz and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg for four films, and the agreement with series author Stephenie Meyer is also only for four films.
Are we worried? No. The box-office success of “Twilight” and “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” should help all involved see why an extra payday is worth the time.
More worrisome is “Breaking Dawn’s” subject matter. Spoilers follow!
The book covers the marriage of human Bella and vampire Edward, and so features all the sex not allowed in the first three books. Then we get into spine-crunching fetuses, oral C-sections and a weird semi-pedophilia where one character falls in love with a newborn. Yes, romantic love. It’s weird.
Will the fanbase follow along? It’s easy to compare “Breaking Dawn” to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which will also be split into two movies. “Hallows,” though, is relatively tame as far as sex and gore go, and so was easy to film without compromising the series’ MPAA ratings.
“Breaking Dawn,” unless it’s toned way down, would easily flirt with R rating territory.
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