Summit Entertainment has established themselves as a commercially viable studio thanks to their wildly popular Twilight franchise. The vampire-werewolf series is starting to come to a close with the last few films upon us and Summit has already started reaching out to several name directors to helm the final two installments, Breaking Dawn Part I and Part II.
According to Entertainment Weekly, no one is too big or too artsy for Twilight because Summit has reached out to some of the most unlikely candidates. Their looking at Academy Award nominated directors such as Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). Are they insane?! Do they really think any of these guys would dampen their respectable resumes with a teen vampire flick?
Van Sant’s people did confirm that the studio approached him about directing Breaking Dawn, but Condon and Coppola’s reps didn’t return their calls by press time, and Summit declined to comment. No official decision has been made, because the studio is awaiting the outline from screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, which should be delivered sometime this week.
It sounds like Summit is trying to pull a Harry Potter, not only with the two installments of their final films but by hiring acclaimed directors to helm them. If the script is bad there’s only so much a director can do to improve upon it, and if their using the same person to bring these characters to life a fourth and fifth time, I’m not sure how much that’s going to help.
Do you think either of these directors will take on Breaking Dawn? Who do you think has the best vision for the films?