Sources for Entertainment Weekly have given the site a list of three Academy Award-nominated directors who are in the running to direct the Twilight Saga finale; Breaking Dawn. Apparently, three of the “top-notch” directors in the running are: Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls). It’s a strangely diverse selection, particularly for the franchise in question.
I’m not familiar with Bill Condon’s work, but Miss Coppola seems a more obvious choice than Van Sant, what with her kinda “dreamy” atmospheres. If you watch The Virgin Suicides, you can imagine her directing this. I’d just pray that Breaking Dawn would manage to be as good. I trust Coppola though, particularly after witnessing the brilliant Lost in Translation. Would Breaking Dawn be a mistake for her, or a salvation for the series? And will David Slade (30 Days of Night – another unexpected choice) turn the series round with Eclipse? We’ll have to stay tuned.
In other director-related news, Shock Till You Drop has also been contacted by their sources – in relation to Paranormal Activity 2. Akiva Goldsman is the man seemingly most likely to direct, in what would be his first helming of a feature film. He has previously produced films like I Am Legend and Constantine, and has written and directed for TV show Fringe. According to IMDb, he also played Vulcan Council Member #1 in Star Trek, which is always a good accolade to have. I don’t think he’s a terribly obvious choice for Paranormal, but someone who’s worked on Fringe might have the horror know-how…will they? I want more “scary” bits in this one than many, many minutes of the characters standing around talking about scary bits. Please.
EDIT: Deadline now tells us that Akiva Goldsman being pulled in to direct Paranormal 2 is an untrue rumour. He’s instead joined the project as an executive producer (but I think we may have known that before?). Ah well.
And finally, James Bobin has been confirmed as the director of The Cheapest Muppet Movie Ever Made, says The Hollywood Reporter. Very good news. He was in talks for this job back in January. Additionally, Jason Segel, who wrote the script, will play the “human lead” in the film. I hope he’s not in it too much – I’d rather it focused on the actual Muppets. Oh, and Segel needlessly felt the need to get his genitals out more than once in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Let’s hope Kermit, Gonzo and friends are safe from this kind of exposure.