Could Sofia Coppola, Bill Condon or Gus Van Sant Direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn?


Summit Entertainment has already made a ton of money from the Twilight franchise, and they still stand to make a heck of a lot more (especially if they decide to turn the final book into two films). Lately, however, it seems like they may be after more than just money with this series. Now that they’ve won over the hearts and minds of every teenage girl in the world, they’re setting their sights on a much tougher group… art snobs, film critics, and know-it-all bloggers.

Word on the street is that Summit recently approached a handful of high profile filmmakers about directing the final installment in the Twilight series, and the names may surprise you. Directors that they have talked to thus far include Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). There’s been no word on whether or not any of the directors actually showed any interest, but it almost sounds like the producers are hoping they can buy themselves an Oscar for the last Twilight film. Is such a thing actually possible?

Summit went outside the box a little bit with the choice of David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) to helm the third Twilight film, Eclipse. It doesn’t seem like that has expanded the audience for these films much, but I do think that if someone like Coppola or Van Sant signed on to direct a Twilight film it might be a different story. Still… that’s a pretty big if. What do you think, would any of these directors ever actually agree to direct a Twilight movie? And if so, would you be willing to watch it?

  • Mike

    Dear film gods,

    please ensure me that these movies will stick to what they are doing and not occupy any respected director’s time.


  • Billy Boyd Cape

    Summit are playing this smart. They have got a great franchise and their not going to dumb it down any time soon. And yeah maybe this means that’s Twilight now will be taken seriously.

    If a kick ass director gets behind this like Van Sant, then I’ll be sure happy to check this out on the big screen.

  • Sure they approached these directors, but I doubt it is serious. It’s like every studio will offer anything to, say, Tom Cruise. What the hell do they have to loose? Stranger things can happen. Do these books really need a director like Van Sant or Coppola? Condon sucks balls, so who cares about him? I think these movies have proven that they really do not need to spend the money to bring in a director with any vision. I doubt that Slade is really going to be able to bring anything that different to the table than the other two. The audience for this thing really does not care about a director with any kind of vision.

  • patrik

    yeah, like Van Sant is gonna go from Milk to do Twilight 4

  • Steve

    This won’t fix anything. no matter how much you polish a turd, it’s still a turd. Breaking Dawn was the worst of the Twilight books (yes, I’ve read them).

  • Kurt

    After abandoning the Harry Potter movies after the first film, I did get enticed back for part 3 because Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambian, Children of Men) was the director. But I left that film being sorely disappointed. For something as rigorously controlled as these based on tween-lit franchises, bringing in a Top Shelf director probably will not help.

  • The Man

    I would pay to watch an audience of twilight fans watching a Van Sant twilight movie done in the style of Bela tarr.

  • Bouz

    As long as they changed it to end with the chick saving the world from the zombie apocalipse by killing the devil because she is so powerful from becomeing a werevampire after being bite by her android vampire boyfriend Edward and the nuclear ghostwerewolf Joseph.

  • Why don’t they just ask Spielberg, Scorsese, and James Cameron and be done with it? I mean, if they just want to hit up unlikely directors for kudos value.
    Or how about Lynch, Cronenberg and Terry Gilliam? Then again, John Carpenter could do with the work…