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?