Among the many topics discussed here on this blog, and especially on my Twitter, are questions about The Twilight Saga. More specifically, "what's the deal with Breaking Dawn?" I've avoided saying too much here because most of the information being posted (leaked) has been nothing but rumors and speculation. But thanks to the astute Los Angeles Times' writer Gina McIntyre, we may have some bonafide facts.

Let's get right to the bottom line: McIntyre spoke directly with the film's producer Wyck Godfrey, who is stating publicly that no decision has yet been made as to whether or not the Breaking Dawn novel will be split into two scripts (and two movies) or one. But we've heard that before. What is news, though, is that he is all but confirming that New Moon director Chris Weitz will NOT be back to helm Breaking Dawn, one film or two. He's also confirming that the three stars are on board and the plan is to begin shooting this fall in Vancouver. "I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don't think it's going to happen," Godfrey told The Times. "But right now 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."

As for breaking up Breaking Dawn into two films, "It's a work in process," said Godfrey. "The issue [of whether there will be one or two movies] is not going to be resolved until we get the full treatment and see whether it's organic. If it's not organic, I don't think it will be done, and if it is, it will be. It really has to do with how much level of detail from the books there is, with all of these new vampires that appear in Breaking Dawn, the whole section about Jacob...It's a very long single movie if it does become a single movie."

The three principal actors, Kristen Stewart, Rob Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner have apparently completed their negotiations and are "signed," indicating that Summit may have brokered a deal which would cover either one or two movies. Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is back on board and hard at work on what will be either one or two films, but whatever the outcome, Breaking Dawn will be made "with an eye toward beginning to shoot in Vancouver this fall."

My own sources have confirmed the information contained in McIntyre's article.

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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at

Comments (22)

  • ray Reply


    January 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm
  • K Reply

    UGH for Melissa being back though....knowing her, she'll change the story for Jake to end up with Bella.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm
  • Cinthia (ilovetwilightbr) Reply

    Thanks Larry for letting us know about Breaking Dawn.
    You are my preferred journalist!
    Hugs and sucess!

    January 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm
  • Kimberly Reply

    OH yes BIG UHG on Melissa Rosenburg writing the script- she changes WAY to much of the book!! :(

    Thanks for the update and letting us know the in's & out's of Breaking Dawn!! smile

    January 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm
  • Wendy Reply

    I haven't been totally impressed with Melissa and her writing. I'm not a film writer so I don't have any experience but I just haven't cared too much for the way she wrote the first two films. I'm really excited about Eclipse and even more excited about Breaking Dawn, however! Thanks for the information!!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm
  • Midori Reply

    Glad to hear that Breaking Dawn will be made. Of course Kristen, Rob and Taylor will be in it. It wouldn't be the same without them.

    I knew that Chris wouldn't be back at the helm. He was totally exhausted putting together New Moon. I'm sure he wants to spend more time with his family.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm
  • SuperVixen Reply

    Ditto on being underwhelmed by Ms. Rosenberg. Who are the people who love her adaptations? Of course we love the movies, the physical embodiment of the story is great, but I feel she often misses the mark with very pivotal scenes. How did she write almost two entire movies without the words "I love you" being uttered? I believe it was Kristen and Rob's move to put it in New Moon if I'm not mistaken. Maybe Eclipse will deliver but I am not so sure. I will be glad to have Breaking Dawn realized however, one or two films are fine with me.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:53 pm
  • Lindzuk Reply

    I'm possibly the biggest uk fan of the twilight saga, loved both books and films but wishes there was more attention to detail. I hope Breaking Dawn is split into 2 films, the book has so much content it would b a huge shame to cut it short in a just 1 film.

    January 11, 2010 at 8:29 pm
  • Natalie Reply

    Bring back the magic, bring back Katherine Hardwick!!!!!!!

    Save this declining series....

    January 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm
  • Van Reply

    Yes, New Moon sucked!!!! So many scenes could have been so emotional and so much better! I agree, bring back the producer from Twilight. The screen writer is only a small part of the puzzle. New Moon did not rank at all next to Twilight in reviews or gross dollars! Rob Pattinson showed no emotion in New Moon - he was robotic. That is the producer's fault. Rob seemed very uncomfortable. What a disapointment after Twilight. They need Catherine Hardwick back for sure.

    January 11, 2010 at 10:37 pm
  • BarbG Reply

    OK...what the heck does "organic" mean in this context??

    January 11, 2010 at 11:02 pm
  • Andrea Reply

    yeah.. Melissa change to much, in the script leaked... dude, jacob is like the everything and edward/bella moments that was HUGE left behind :( ( sorry for my english (: )

    January 11, 2010 at 11:03 pm
  • Jazzy Reply

    Hey Mr. Godfrey: I saw Twilight 53 times at the theatre and New Moon ONCE! Why? Because you allowed Ms. Rosenberg to write a script that does not follow the book. She cut and rushed the Edward and Bella reunion scenes and totally eliminated key dialogue between was disgusting! You allowed her to write Jake as a sweet and sensitive guy, included the majority of dialogue between him and Bella, and over developed them. I saw the leaked script for Eclipse and the same thing is happening...she favors Jake over Edward...not true to the books. So I have to tell you, Sir, that I could care less if you do one, two, three or even four BD movies because I will not go see any of them. I love Rob and Kristen and will see all of their other movies but I will give you, Summit or Rosenberg another dime of my money. You and Ms. Rosenberg have ruined this beautiful series. AND I'm not the only one who feels this way!

    January 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm
  • Jazzy Reply

    There should be a "NOT" in that sentence!

    I love Rob and Kristen and will see all of their other movies but I will NOT give you, Summit or Rosenberg another dime of my money.

    January 11, 2010 at 11:43 pm
  • Patrick Reply

    Thanks for the info.

    I think Malissa did a great job on both movies, it's incredibly complicated to write screen plays that's exactly like the books. I think if you've read Lord Of the Rings and the Harry Potter books then compared those to the movies, you would have a better appreciation of how well Mallissa did with the Twilight Saga. We also have to remember that Summit kind of short changed us on how much money they put into the budget for both movies. I'm sure both would have been better if there was more money behind them. Hopefully Breaking Dawn will have the budget it deserves.

    January 12, 2010 at 3:57 am
  • ShariG Reply

    At last some actual news about Breaking Dawn. I have been scouring the internet daily for information. I am thrilled that Rob, Kristen and Taylor will be back and that Melissa Rosenberg will be writing the script. She has done a phenomenal job, in my opinion, of staying close to the original storyline and getting the heart of the story right as have the actors. After seeing Twilight, I have read all of the books multiple times and have seen Twilight many, many times. New Moon was not my favorite primarily because I am an Edward/Bella together fan and there was way too much Jacob in New Moon and not near enough Edward. But the entire story needs resolution which does not really come until Breaking Dawn. So, I am very happy that the filmmakers will not leave us hanging at the end of Eclipse. Thank you. Thank you.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:34 pm
  • ShariG Reply

    I wrote my previous comment before reading the comments from other Twilight fans. I truly hope that Melissa gives the right emphasis to the Edward/Bella love story in Eclipse. Taylor Lautner seems to be a nice boy, but the books revolve around Edward and Bella. Please do not push Jacob on the movie goers. I will be extremely disappointed in Eclipse if it isn't perfectly clear that while Bella cares for Jacob as her very best friend, Edward is the love of her life. I don't think anyone reading the books would disagree with that. Please don't change that in the movies. It would be a huge disservice to the fans of the books and of the films to date. That was my biggest problem with New Moon. It pushed the Jacob/Bella relationship too far without enough Edward/Bella balance. The best scene was when Bella talks to Jacob and says "Please don't make me chose because it will be him. It has always been him." That can't get lost in any of the future screen plays.

    January 12, 2010 at 1:42 pm
  • greenIDEmonster Reply

    I knew New Moon would be featuring Jacob and Bella as central to the story because it is the cold/hot/ good/bad love triangle that is what makes Mayer's story so compelling.

    It's clear that Bella and Edward's relationship is the best part, but without conflict, it would be pretty dull.

    Don't believe me? Take a moment to think on many of Edward's actions in Eclipse, such as the 'leg hitch'. We see Edward act in ways that are desperate, such as disabling Bella's truck. As a smart reader, we begin to see the unhealthy side of an obsessive love. It is clear Edward is making concessions (buying beds) in response to Jacob's presence in Bella's life. It is this triangle that makes the characters evolve. If you get rid of Jacob, what explanation would there be for the compelling confessions in the tent scene?

    Trust me. You think you hate Jacob, but without him Edward is just a crazy ultra-controlling boyfriend. Jacob forces Edward become a better 'man' for Bella. Bella is a stronger character for insisting on having Jacob in her life. We see her get some much needed backbone, because otherwise Bella would be just another victim-enabler in an unhealthy relationship. Read between the lines, and you will find that is where the heart of the story lies.

    January 12, 2010 at 5:14 pm
  • Cheryl Reply

    I agree with making the movie about Rob and Kristen. I fell in love, with the love, let's not loss that. I like jacob he plays a good part but it is all about edbell lets keep the love alive.

    January 23, 2010 at 1:46 am
  • aromatcents Reply

    I think everyone would be happy and excited if he came back, but I don't think it's going to happen

    April 23, 2010 at 4:27 am
  • Girames Reply

    I am not so sure. I will be glad to have Breaking Dawn realized however, one or two films are fine with me.

    May 18, 2010 at 8:45 am
  • Bowling games Reply

    I agree with making the movie about Rob and Kristen. They sure deserve it

    May 20, 2010 at 11:30 am

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