'Breaking Dawn' Director Bill Condon Talks Collaboration with 'Twilight's' Trio; Reveals Details From Next Film (Video)
The helmer talked to THR.com editor Joseph Kapsch about dividing the book up into two movies, getting input from stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner and what to expect in "Breaking Dawn - Part II."
As expected, fans turned out in droves to see Breaking Dawn - Part 1 its opening weekend (the film is expected to make around $140 million domestically).
The penultimate film in The Twilight Saga's franchise, which hit theaters Nov. 18, stars series regulars Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan) and Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black). But, in addition to a few vampire and werewolf fresh faces in the cast, the movie's director, Bill Condon was also new to Twilight's world.
"For me, this movie, it was a combination of the romance and the romantic melodradrama - sort of classic Hollywood filmmaking in the first two thirds of this movie, and that appealed to me," he told The Hollywood Reporter of his vision for Breaking Dawn - Part 1. "And the last third, it felt like a flat-out horror movie. I started in horror movies and I love horror movies and I've been looking to do one again, so that combination of things really appealed to me."
Condon also said that his stars were very involved in their character's archs throughout the shooting process.
"First of all, Kristen is the biggest Twihard, so for her, she was excited, because it wasn't all being crunched into a two-hour movie, so it was sort of like, "Oh, no, I miss that line, I miss that moment" stuff like that. And sometimes I agreed, and sometimes not," he said. While Pattinson "explained something that he had been playing that we never saw before and I thought, 'let's put that into this movie.' For Taylor [he wanted] to really explore the way that Jacob's point of view is expressed in the book for the first time in Breaking Dawn. We really get more inside his of head."
At the movie's Hollywood premiere Nov. 15, the director, who's also helmed Dreamgirls and Chicago, told THR what fans can expect when the screen goes black on Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (after Bella opens her eyes as a newborn vampire) and they return a year from now to see the franchise's final film.
“Early on I put the scripts together, a big 220-page script, and it’s the same thing. It’s the same story. It is one book that we’re telling and it really is the minute the first movie ends the second one begins. So it was good, I can’t imagine having a year break in between those two."
One things fans can look forward to? A vampire flash mob that they surprised Condon with on set.
"It was the most brilliant thing ever!" Condon told THR. "It’s for movie two. It’s going to definitely be on the DVD. It was like a Westside Story dance off, it was incredible.”