In this brand new interview with PopSugar, Breaking Dawn screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg talks about writing the Breaking Dawn movie, Bella’s birthing scene, fans and more. Check it out:
Melissa will be speaking in LA at the Writer’s Guild Foundation on Tuesday evening — tune into a livestream here. In the meantime, check out our all-new exclusive interview with her here now.
PopSugar: How did you feel about the decision to split Breaking Dawn
Melissa Rosenberg: Relief, actually, because it was going to be quite a challenge to condense such a large book into one movie. That’s always the challenge with all of these and, more so, Breaking Dawn. Having a little more room to breathe is nice . . . on the other hand, there’s also the challenge of making sure there’s enough to fill two movies. into two movies?
PS: We’ve heard there are some scenes you want to avoid showing on screen in Breaking Dawn. For example, Bella giving birth. Can you tell us why?
MR: That was a misquote. The childbirth — all the scenes, I feel — should be on screen. I think perhaps what I was referring to was, would we actually see Edward’s teeth through the placenta? I don’t think so. I don’t think we need to see that, and if someone needs to see that, I think they should take a look at that. [Laughs.] I believe it will be implied, but I don’t think we’ll see teeth in the placenta.
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Breaking Dawn movie screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg shared some interesting new details at the Twilight convention in Paris this past weekend on what she’ll be including in the script for Breaking Dawn.
We now know that the last album, ”Breaking Dawn” will be divided into two films. Do you already know how you do it? For me, there is a natural separation in the book. I do not know yet exactly when we will stop in the first film, but in the first part of the book ”Breaking Dawn“ Bella is human, just married and pregnant while in the second part is a vampire and a mother. So somewhere in this transition, there is a natural separation. But I do not know yet exactly where it will be. It works.
Will you keep the book of Jacob? No, we will not keep. Eclipse is a good way to introduce the book of Jacob, because in this film, we begin to move away from the simple perspective of Bella. We will see that the newborns, the Volturi … we’re really starting to move away from its point of view alone. So in Revelation, having the vision of Jacob on what will happen almost naturally. We will also maybe you can share other points of view.
The last album is really darker, more violent and more adult than the other three books. Will you keep these aspects in the adaptation? Yes, absolutely! I think we can make a film more adult, more violent and sexy, while remaining accessible to the youngest. In fact, I do not see gallons of blood everywhere, I do not think this is necessary. I find instead that show everything away the suspense, horror … I would prefer the way all this through Bella. Nevertheless everything is there, we are absolutely not shy from it all. We see for example the love scene between Edward and Bella, and the feathers will be at the rendezvous! (Laughter) As the scene of childbirth, which will be filmed as directed by the director. But we all agree that this scene appears in the film, and it is as close as possible to the book. He should expect a scene of horror!
Here is a brand new video interview with Melissa Rosenberg where she talks about the Breaking Dawn movies and more! Thanks so much to Collider!
In regards to Breaking Dawn, Collider asked asked Melissa how long she knew it was going to be two films, when exactly did she start writing the films, what was her reaction to Bill Condon directing the final installments, how has she been working with Condon on the script, and they ended the interview talking about the Breaking Dawn being the most controversial among the fans, & how she will tackle the writing. She talks about how some fans want an R rating and she explains why the Breaking Dawn movie doesn’t have to be so graphic. Enjoy!
Here are the times they talk about each different topic in case you’d like to skip topics:
How has it been for her going back and forth from Dexter to Twilight
1:00 – How was working for David Slade different compared to Catherine Hardwicke and Chris Weitz
2:45 – How much time did she spend writing each Twilight movie. She says she had the most time on Eclipse
3:50 – Did she notice anything missing out of Eclipse that she wrote
5:20 – Breaking Dawn talk – How long has she known that it was going to be 2 films.
6:40 – How happy is she that the press release finally got released that the movie will be two films and how long ago did she start writing the two scripts. She says the fall or winter of last year she was writing it. Says she was writing before her deal was made.
7:45 – Has she spoken to director Bill Condon and how did things change when she got involved
9:35 – When she first heard that Bill Condon was going to direct it, what was her reaction
10:25 – With the 4th book being the most controversial among the fans, how is it for her to tackle the writing? She talks about how some fans want an R rating and she explains why it doesn’t have to be so graphic
Here is a new interview from the Eclipse premiere with Melissa Rosenberg where she chats to HollyscoopTV about the Breaking Dawn movie. “We want to convey all the terror and horror of that moment,” Melissa says when asked about Bella’s birthing scene.
Elizabeth Snead of The Dish Rag talked to Melissa Rosenberg at the Prevention Magazine Hollywood Heroes awards, about the “Breaking Dawn” controversy over the graphic nature of the sex and childbirth scenes. She’s not planning on leaving out the scenes, just just making them more ‘suggestive.’
I really like this interview. Melissa is so lively, and you can see that she is aware of what we all want in Breaking Dawn, and is willing to deliver in the best way she can, while maintaining a decent rating so everyone can see the film.
The Hollywood Reporter has this great, brand new interview with Breaking Dawn movie script writer Melissa Rosenberg. She again, gives us some great details about the final films in the saga & reveals that she recently has been trying to get into the heads of the Volturi & learn their back story for the final films:
How much pressure you feel anyway because of the fanbase to stay close to the plot points of the book?
Rosenberg: You know, they would love for me to translate virtually every word and simply type it in. I think there’s been an education process of letting people know what adaptation is.
But to what extent have you used that to try to tweak things. I’m thinking specifically of the end of the fourth novel and the decisions Bella makes. You can’t really stray from the decisions that are made, so is this a challenge for you on that front?
Rosenberg: Sure. You can’t stray from the decisions she makes, but it was about finding that middle ground, finding that place where I could feel good about it and feel like the message I’m putting out there is in line with my own. That was a challenge because the fourth book moves further away from that. But, what’s interesting is, again, it’s already in there, it’s just about stripping away some of the other things — which I have to do anyway, in the process of condensing I have to strip away a lot of stuff. And I still am able to maintain the emotional journey of the character without violating any of my own sets of beliefs. I think the issue on the table we’re talking about is choice. But the thing that gets blurry on the issue is that choosing to have a child is a choice. So she’s still going to make that choice, but it is about her deciding to do this. And I’m not violating the story at all.
You probably knew about this all along, but Summit finally publicly announced that “Dawn” would be two movies. Had you written it as one movie already? Is this a huge pain in the ass? Or had you been working on it as two from the beginning?
Rosenberg: When we started, everyone was a little bit unsure. So it kind of came down to me looking at the book and going, Are there two movies in this? Which is a hell of a lot of pressure! Sure, we all wanted it to be two movies, but we had to look at it and see, Is there enough material for two movies? We all agreed there was probably too much for one movie, although I guess it could have been an incredibly long movie. So when I started getting into it I started to see, Yeah, we’ve got two movies here. Everybody agreed and I started approaching it as two movies. And then it came down to, Are the actors available for two movies? So there were a lot of things that went into this decision.
Maybe you haven’t gotten to this point in structuring it yet, but can you allude to what the cliffhanger of the fourth movie versus the fifth would be?
Rosenberg:We’re kind of still deciding that. I’m doing first drafts now. But I think it comes down to Bella as human and Bella as vampire. (“Breaking Dawn” director) Bill Condon may give you a different answer, but I think it’s a natural break. There’s her as a human with the baby and everything and then there’s her as a parent and a vampire.
Do you have anything on the burner? Do you have any scripts in the drawer for when you come out of “Twilight”?
Rosenberg: I’m still deep in “Twilight,” but it’s starting to loosen up a bit. So a month ago, I said to the reps, “OK, let’s put it out there that I’m coming up.” Things are starting to filter in — and they’re very clear as well about what it is I want to do — and it’s some really interesting stuff. Books. What I’ve found, because both “Dexter” and “Twilight” are both adaptations — and it’s really the first time in my career I’ve done adaptations — I kind of like it. I think I’m maybe kind of good at that. It pushes me creatively beyond my own limitations. Going into a world someone else has created, and I go there with a fresh eye and can open it. I really enjoy it. I’ve had the opportunity to be in “Twilight,” in which there are some strict boundaries because these fans are so ardent. You can’t just go wildly off into another direction. That is just unfair to the fans and you’re going to lose them. Whereas with “Dexter,” by the time we got to the end of the first season we were completely off the book. I’ve always worked collaboratively, that’s why I love TV.
So when you’re working with source material it’s like an indirect way of doing that.
Rosenberg: Exactly. I feel like I’ve been collaborating with Stephenie for four years. And literally, in some cases where I’m calling her and asking her, “What’s the deal about that?”
What’s the last question that you asked her?
Rosenberg:It would have been about the Volturi.
I love that you know that right away: “I know it was about the Volturi …”
Rosenberg:(laughs) I think it may have been something to do with, in her mind, in “Breaking Dawn,” what were the Volturi up to? We don’t see them until the end. And in her mind, what was driving them? She’s lived with these characters a lot longer than I have. She has a very intricate mythology and very detailed backstories for all these guys. At one point, I had so much in there about their backstories — it’s very interesting what she’s come up with and what I could expand on.
Oh, so you can actually work from stuff that’s not in the books.
Rosenberg:Oh, yeah. And that’s hopefully something that’s going to be fun for the fans. I was able to bring a lot of my own invention. Because the book is not quite two movies. There’s air, there’s room. With the other three it’s been a lot of condensing. And with “Breaking Dawn,” if you’re doing two, there’s a little air. It opens it up. But I need to stay true to the mythology. I mean, I can’t have it turn out that the head Volturi actually wanted to be a tap dancer and did vaudeville for a while.
When MTV News caught up with Rosenberg to talk about Eclipse, she said she was going to leave a lot of those hard decisions, like how to show Bella giving birth to vampire spawn Renesmee, to director Bill Condon. “From a screenwriter standpoint that’s gonna land more squarely in the director’s hands,” she teased. “That’s one of those things [where] I kind of say [and] make a few sort of general suggestions on the page and say, ‘Go! Go, Bill! Do it!’ “
Franchise star Robert Pattinson told MTV News that he’s glad he doesn’t have to be the guy who decides how to bring the birthing scene to life. “I think that’s going to be very funny,” he said. “The only thing I know about it is the famous scene: the kind of cesarean scene … I do not envy Bill Condon to have to think of some way to do that.”
Do you think they should show the birthing scene? I think it should be implied – and they could show it using creative angles which wont be offensive to anyone. They need to at least show her pain to some degree is what I’m trying to say. Otherwise it will be like this magical child just appeared out of nowhere, you know? Give me your thoughts via our official Twitter here—->