The talent behind writing the screenplays for every movie in the Twilight Saga, Melissa Rosenberg, chatted with PopcornBiz about how she was able to expand some of the Breaking Dawn characters. Here’s what she had to say:
Fans of the “Twilight” films are going to have a little added story to sink their teeth into.
The previous movie adaptations of Stephanie Meyer’s vamp-lit juggernaut have gone pretty much by the book, but with the final novel “Breaking Dawn” being broken into two feature films, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg tells PopcornBiz she’s enjoying a little more leeway to add some fangy flourishes of her own.
“I did actually [get to do that], because we got to fill out the story because we’re doing the next two movies,” said Rosenberg. “So there was room to play and expand on some of the characters that Stephanie introduces. That was a lot of fun.”
“It’s a much more grownup movie – It’s an adult story,” the writer said of evolving the franchise beyond its high school origins. “The stakes are raised even higher because it’s not the story of teens. It’s the stories of grownups, so we’re talking about marriage and children and family – and these are pretty grownup things, but sexy.”
If you haven’t read the books, beware of the SPOILER up ahead.
Rosenberg says the highlight of the story will be seeing Kristen Stewart’s character Bella become a vampire at long last. “Kristen gets to make the transformation and that is going to be so exciting to see. [Director] Bill [Condon] and I talked about it in developing this script and the screenplay. Now she’s going to embody it. It’s going to be so great.”
Breaking Dawn screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg chatted briefly with Mark Malkin of E! Online about her progress with writing the Breaking Dawn movie:
Melissa admitted that she’s been in Baton Rouge with director Bill Condon doing rewrites for the scripts for the two Breaking Dawn movies:
“We’re working on it,” Rosenberg says of baby Renesmee’s less-than-pretty arrival. “And we’re working on it to be as intense as it is in the book.”
“I don’t think it’s about the amount of blood you show,” Rosenberg says. “It’s about the intensity of it. It’s on their faces. It’s all from Bella’s point of view when you’re seeing what’s going. It should feel visceral. I think it’s going to be pretty intense.”
What’s Rosenberg’s ETA on the final scripts? “It better damn well be before the beginning of November,” she says, “because that’s when we start shooting.”
I showed you the video below last night where Breaking Dawn movie screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg chatted with MTV, and now we have another of Melissa on the red carpet of the Emmys – this time talking to PopSugar! Melissa admits they’re going to ‘push it’ as far as the gory scenes go!
MTV caught up with Breaking Dawn movie screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg on the Emmy red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles August 29th. Melissa admitted that her biggest challenge has been prepping the final battle scene. She always talks about filming in Brazil, and much more!!This is getting So exciting!!
“They’re coming along,” Rosenberg said. “I just flew in last night from working with ['Dawn' director] Bill Condon, prepping the scripts. It’s a lot of work, I’m exhausted,” she added. Rosenberg also revealed that she’s between 75 and 80 percent finished with the two screenplays. “But we’re intent on making them the best scripts yet.”
Regarding the biggest challenge she faces in finishing “Dawn,” parts 1 and 2, Rosenberg said it’s the climactic “battle scene” — in which the two opposing vampire groups face off in dramatic fashion at the end of the book — that’s proving to be her biggest obstacle, rather than the infamous “birth scene”.
“The final battle sequence is a big challenge because it lasts 25 pages,” Rosenberg told us. “It’s almost an entire three-act story in and of itself. You have to track (kept all in one setting) hundreds of characters. It’s an enormous challenge to choreograph on the page and for Bill to choreograph on the stage.”
MTV was lucky enough to catch up with the busy Breaking Dawn movie screenwriter, Melissa Rosenberg, and chat a little about her progress with the script so far. Melissa admitted she is having a challenging time fitting all the new characters into the Breaking Dawn movie. Here is what she had to say about it:
“It’s extremely challenging to introduce those new characters because you already have quite a slew of characters to service. The Cullen family is large, the wolf family is large, you have three leads … finding room for all of them is a challenge. For me, it is about pulling forward the ones that are essential and really making sure they have a presence.”
*Melissa didn’t say specifically which characters would or would not appear in the films, but simply that she hopes “all of them will be there in one shape or another.”
Regarding the fans, she had this to say:
“At one point, [the fans] were upset because they had gotten the impression that I was choosing not to put the birthing scene in the script, and I was able to go online and say, ‘I don’t know where that idea came from, but of course the birthing scene is going to be in.’ ” Another Net-generated rumor, according to Rosenberg, is that she won’t include the Book of Jacob in the final film. “I don’t know where that idea came from, but that is not true,” she confirmed. “We are going to see Jacob’s perspective equally, so don’t worry.”
“Do I want to see teeth and placenta? No (laughs)… someone else may,” Melissa Rosenberg tells MTV about the Breaking Dawn movie birthing scene. Check out the new video below to see what else Melissa has to say about the Breaking Dawn birthing scene and Jacob:
Melissa Rosenberg made new comments about the Breaking Dawn movie to reporter Bruce Reynolds from On The Red Carpet at a recent event titled ‘An Evening With Melissa Rosenberg’ in Los Angeles, presented by the Writers Guild Foundation on July 13th.
“We’re not planning on shying away from anything. I think the birth should be as horrifying as it is in the novel. The sex scenes should be as scintillating as they are in the novel – as erotic as they are int he novel,” says Breaking Dawn movie screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg.
I am sooooo happy to hear her say this! Amazing. Can’t wait!
HollywoodLife.com was able to catch up with Breaking Dawn movie screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg before her Writer’s Guild Foundation event in LA July 13 where she announced that they don’t plan to tone down the racy scenes! Check it out:
When we heard that Breaking Dawn was being given a PG-13 rating, we definitely booed in disappointment. That book is hot – and the sex scenes need to be shown, dammit! We at HollywoodLife.com have good news for you – despite the lack of an R-rating, the fourth and fifth films are DEFINITELY going to be steamy!
“I don’t think we’ll be toning a whole lot [of the racy scenes] down,” Twilightscreenwriter Melissa Rosenberg told HollywoodLife.comexclusively during a one-on-one interview before her Writer’s Guild Foundation event in LA July 13. “We want the eroticism of the sex scenes.”
Sweet! We can’t wait to see real-life lovebirds Robert Pattinsonand Kristenare going to steam up the screen! However, Melissa does say, “That doesn’t mean that one has to see it all, but you do want that [eroticism]. With the birth scene as well, I just don’t know that you have to tone it down. If you really look at the books, how much are you really seeing? I think [the movies] might wind up being saucier than the book because you’re actually seeing skin-on-skin and the horror of the birth scenes. We’re not shying away from it.”
As for how she plans on actually splitting up the epic last Twilight Saga novel into two films, Melissa has a good idea – but nothing is concrete QUITE yet. “We’re still debating the exact moment, but it’ll fall down to the first half of Bella as a human and being pregnant and a newlywed and the second half being Bella as a vampire and a parent. Somewhere in the middle of that, the break will come.”