Robert Pattinson & Breaking Dawn movie director Bill Condon broke down the making of Breaking Dawn with USA Today! Check out the excerpt and link to the full article below:
“I was reading it going, ‘Wow, so much happens in this story,’ ” says Condon. “It certainly doesn’t play safe. It was daunting.”
Thankfully, the Oscar winner (for Gods and Monsters‘ screenplay) found words of inspiration for his first foray into the world of teen fiction.
“There was one very consistent idea that kept coming through,” he says. “Don’t water it down. There’s something crazy and intense about this book, and you just have to embrace it.”
Meyer’s fourth and final Twilight tome has spent 163 weeks on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list since its 2008 release. Condon hopes the legion of “Twi-hard” fans also embraces the closing of the wildly successful film series, which has been split in two (Part 2 will be released next November).
“This was the longest book,” says Condon. “I don’t feel like I made two movies, I feel like I made a really long final chapter. It would have given it short shrift to cram that into one movie.”
The vampire-romance movie series has proven to be a monster force at the box office, with the previous three films (2008′s Twilight, 2009′s New Moon and 2010′s Eclipse) earning a combined $791 million. But movie fans can be fickle. Breaking Dawn — Part 1 will be a clear gauge to see if they are still feeling the passion for the love triangle between the vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), the human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and the werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).
Keith Simanton, managing editor of film database IMDb.com, says that upcoming movies such as 2012′s The Hunger Games are taking online attention away from the Twilight phenomenon. “Whether that translates into real-world tracking, we’ll just have to see,” he says. “We’ll find out this weekend if this series has aged well or poorly.”
Settling onto a couch in a sparsely decorated office on the former Warner Bros. lot, Condon, 56, insists he has not felt any waning of enthusiasm as fans dissected his every move. The attention has been so great that when a worker climbs a ladder to clean his window, Condon jokes that it’s a Twi-hard peeking in on him.
“There certainly has been a lot of eyes on you right from the beginning since people care about this so much,” he says. “It’s great. But there is a sense that you don’t want to screw it up for them.”
Beer and brainstorming
Condon met with the movie’s stars to tap into their Twilight experience. The first pizza-and-beer meeting with Pattinson at the actor’s temporary L.A. home started slowly.
“We spent probably half of the conversation trying to figure out exactly how to order the Domino’s,” Pattinson says sheepishly. “I didn’t know what my own address was.”
Pattinson, 25, had to track down his manager for the address. But once the food arrived and the beverages flowed (“we had many, many beers,” says Condon), so did the ideas.
“Bill was sensitive to the fact that the entire cast has basically grown up together,” says Pattinson. “He wanted to get on the same page as everyone.”
Condon also developed a tight working relationship with screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who has written all of the Twilight screenplays. She calls it “the best collaboration of my career.”
“This movie really had the big scenes,” says Rosenberg. “You had to get those right (or face) pain of death from the fans.”
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