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Oscar Winning Director Hired to Fancy-Up the Twilight Series

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 28, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 28, 2010 |

I think of those who like or dislike the Twilight series, there’s one thing we can all agree upon: It’s trash. Maybe you embrace the trash, or maybe you reject it. But the appeal of the series seems to rely, in part, on its trashiness, especially among those who aren’t buying the three principals — Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, and Rob Pattinson — as sex objects.

What I don’t understand, then, is why Summit doesn’t embrace that aspect of the films in the way it casts the picture. I understand that, perhaps, Twilight began as a very low-budget series that no one expected to catch on, at least not in the way it has. But it seems to be, budget and talent-wise, that Summit has been trying to play catch up, replacing a low-rent actress with Bryce Dallas Howard, adding Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen to the proceedings, and increasing the talent level of the directors each time out.

They’ve finally reached what can only be considered the talent pinnacle for this kind of movie: They’ve hired Bill Condon, the Oscar winning screenwriter and director behind movies like Dreamgirls, Kinsey and Chicago (he only penned the latter). He’ll be directing both installments of the Breaking Dawn movie, which has been split into two parts.

I don’t really understand the decision, to be honest. It’s evident from the first two movies that Summit molds the directors to fit the Twilight template, rather than the other way around. They could hire just about anyone with even the slightest level of competence to direct — it would seem that haste is the biggest priority (since these movies are shat out once a year). It’s not that the Twilight series won’t still be trashy with Condon, but they are trying to shine it on, I guess. It’s kind of like Ain’t It Cool News hiring Roger Ebert. Given the way that AICN is set up (and the design behind it), not even Ebert could fancy up the place. But, it’d give the site some credibility.

I just don’t know what Twilight needs with credibility when they’re making $300 million a film.

(Source: IESB)

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