The Hollywood Reporter has one of the best interviews with Melissa Rosenberg that I’ve seen recently. She talks about her relationship with Stephenie Meyer, her thoughts on Team Jacob and Team Edward, and how they are making Breaking Dawn into two films. There is a lot of content in this interview and it should be noted that there is a bit of rough language and mature conversation about the intimacy between Bella and Edward. So please be warned that this is not language you would ever see in the books or hear in the movie. But overall, a wonderful interview!
What’s the last question that you asked [Stephenie]?
Rosenberg: It would have been about the Volturi.
I love that you know that right away: “I know it was about the Volturi …”
Rosenberg: (laughs) I think it may have been something to do with, in her mind, in “Breaking Dawn,” what were the Volturi up to? We don’t see them until the end. And in her mind, what was driving them? She’s lived with these characters a lot longer than I have. She has a very intricate mythology and very detailed backstories for all these guys. At one point, I had so much in there about their backstories — it’s very interesting what she’s come up with and what I could expand on.
Oh, so you can actually work from stuff that’s not in the books.
Rosenberg: Oh, yeah. And that’s hopefully something that’s going to be fun for the fans. I was able to bring a lot of my own invention. Because the book is not quite two movies. There’s air, there’s room. With the other three it’s been a lot of condensing. And with “Breaking Dawn,” if you’re doing two, there’s a little air. It opens it up. But I need to stay true to the mythology. I mean, I can’t have it turn out that the head Volturi actually wanted to be a tap dancer and did vaudeville for a while.