Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn
Twilight fans around the world are patiently anticipating the saga’s fourth movie installment, Breaking Dawn. The film is based on the fourth novel in the Twilight series written by Stephenie Meyers. Following in the footsteps of the previous movies, Breaking Dawn is to be released on November 18th of 2011. Kirsten Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will continue their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black.
The earlier movies focused on the romantic love triangle between Bella, Edward and Jacob. As in the book, Breaking Dawn focuses on a different kind of love and sacrifice; the love a young woman shares with her child. After their wedding, Bella and Edward escape on their honeymoon to the tropical island of Esme. Not far into their vacation, Bella realizes she is pregnant and is instantly thrown into chaos once again. Jacob’s wolf pack has plans to kill the unborn child along with the Cullens, believing everyone involved to be a threat. Anxious about her painful and rapidly progressing pregnancy, Bella dismisses Edward’s suggestions of an abortion and carries her baby daughter Renesmee to term. During a horrific and painful birth, Bella’s ribs are broken and she loses a massive amount of blood. This is when Edward finally turns his wife into a vampire.
The name Breaking Dawn refers to Bella’s transformation from a human into a vampire. She evolves both internally and externally. Her physical state and her emotions are greatly intensified now that she is a vampire. Bella becomes a whole new being whose new purpose is to protect Renesmee, not just from the wolf shape shifters, but from the Volturi as well. The Volturi believes the newborn is an immortal child. Immortal children are outlawed, and the Volturi plot to kill Renesmee and the Cullens.
Because of the novel’s length, producers are debating whether to split Breaking Dawn into two movies. The previous Twilight books were around 450 pages, while Breaking Dawn is approximately 750 pages long. The two films will be the darkest and bloodiest in the Twilight series, prompting an R-rating. The previous Twilight movies were PG-13. Academy award winning director Bill Codon (Gods and Monsters, and Dreamgirls) is assigned to the project. During a recent press release, author Stephenie Meyers said, “I’m so thrilled that Bill wants to work with us. I think he’s going to be a great fit, and I’m excited to see what he does with the material”. Codon is enthusiastic to be at the head of the project stating, “I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book — and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience”.
Since the actors were only contracted for four movies, there have been plenty of salary disputes regarding the fourth and fifth movie. Kellan Lutz who plays Emmet Cullen, and Ashley Greene who plays Alice Cullen, want $4 million apiece for each of the Breaking Dawn movies. Currently, the negotiations are still in progress and nothing has been decided. There have been other concerns surrounding the translation of the book into movie form. Renesmee is born with full awareness, and Stephenie Meyers has posed her concerns whether the child should be played by a real baby or a computer-generated imagery.
People everywhere are looking forward to the release of the movie Breaking Dawn. Twilight enthusiasts are sure to be pleased with the conclusion to the Twilight saga. The film is filled with all the elements that made the previous Twilight movies so fascinating: love, suspense, drama and action.
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