USA Today interview with Wyck Godfrey
Torrid honeymoon sex in tropical Brazil.
The most horrifying pregnancy since Rosemary delivered her devil child.
The threat of a vampire massacre on a nuclear scale.
wonder the film version of Breaking Dawn is coming out in two parts —
the first arrives Nov. 18. (The second is due Nov. 16, 2012.)
wrap-up to the film franchise that began in 2008 and has grossed nearly
$1.8 billion worldwide is truly the event-filled mother-of-all Twilight
tales, based on the massive fourth volume of Stephenie Meyer's literary
Even the most rabid Twi-hards have been nervous about
how the sometimes graphic 754-page tome would translate on screen as the
mixed-marriage spawn of courtly bloodsucker Edward Cullen and beloved
human Bella (played by Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart) leads to
friction with the Volturi, who act as vampire royalty, and the
werewolf-prone Quileute tribe.
But never fear, says producer Wyck Godfrey.
from the Baton Rouge set where both installments of Breaking Dawn are
shooting simultaneously, Wyck answered some of the Twi-faithful's more
Q: Where does the story split in half?
"We basically want to take the audience through the emotional part of
Bella's journey as she becomes a vampire. The first part will cover the
wedding, the honeymoon and the birth." The film ends just before she
embarks on her supernatural transformation.
The book has three segments, two of which present Bella's point of view
and a middle that's devoted to the perspective of her rejected werewolf
suitor, Jacob (Taylor Lautner). How is that handled?
"The story will break from her and follow Jacob throughout the course of
the movie as he struggles with his own dilemma. There is a sense that
as Bella and the Cullens (Edward's makeshift vampire clan) deal with her
pregnancy, the world is still turning outside with Jacob."
Why was Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning filmmaker best known for his
musicals as the screenwriter of 2002's Chicagoand the director of 2006's
Dreamgirls, selected as the director of the finale?
"These films have the most difficult stuff from a performance
standpoint. With his history of directing, I can't think of anyone who
would be better at bringing out the best in an actor." Plus, the
director, who did the 1995 sequel to Candyman, is a fright-fare
enthusiast. "He has an appetite for the genre and a passion for the
Twilight books and movies."
Q: Considering what goes on during the torturous birth process, how can the rating be PG-13?
With Twilight's core of under-18 fans, "it would be a crime against our
audience to go R-rated." However, "this is based on a much more mature
book. We need to progress and be more sophisticated."
compromise: Having the bloody, bone-crushing delivery be seen only
through Bella's eyes. "She is looking through the haze, experiencing
pain and everything rushing around her. We only see what she sees."
Q: How is the long-awaited consummation of Edward and Bella's love portrayed?
Even though their physical relationship goes way beyond what was shown
in the first three films, "it does not become soft po*n. It is a
legitimate and important part of the movie, romantic and sensual."
At the end of Breaking Dawn, about 70 or so vampires from around the
world gather to face off with the Cullens and their allies plus Jacob's
wolf pack. How can you keep both portions of the storytelling equally
A: "The second half is more of an action film
in terms of life-and-death stakes." But the domestic moments of the
first film possess an emotional punch. "There are the pangs of newlywed
tension that occur that are relatable even in a fantasy film. Marriage
is not quite the experience that they thought it was."
Q: Is there any chance that Condon could sneak in a musical number?
There might be traditional dancing at the wedding. But don't expect any
of the wolf pack to suddenly howl a tune or do a soft-shoe shuffle.
as Godfrey jokes, "We just had a whole line of actors marching toward
the camera. We could have them practice a chorus line with vampires