With news that Summit Entertainment were looking at Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) to direct the final instalment of the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn, it was clear they were keen on getting a director of Oscar-calibre onboard. New Moon made over $700 million last year and Eclipse is expected to make an equally stupid amount, so they certainly have the money to tempt whoever they want.
Now comes word from the L.A Times that Summit have reached out to a director who has been nominated for a best directing Oscar for every feature he’s made.
Add this name to the list of high-end auteurs who are being considered for the director’s chair on “Breaking Dawn”: Stephen Daldry.
Yep, that Stephen Daldry, the man who directed such Oscar fare as “Billy Elliot,” “The Reader” and “The Hours.”
Like [the other directors being considered] there are not yet indications Daldry would actually take the gig, but the fact that Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the films, has reached out to him suggests where its intentions lie for the fourth film.
I’m not a ‘Twihard’ but I’ve enjoyed watching the success of Summit Entertainment over recent years. With a mammoth franchise on their hands and a recent Best Picture Oscar win with The Hurt Locker they have cemented themselves as a legitimate movie studio. Although I think the directors they are approaching are a bit ‘above’ the Twilight franchise, I have to give them credit for trying.
Breaking Dawn, which will be split into two films, is scheduled to begin filming towards the end of this year, which gives them a few more months to sign up a director.