Eclipse’ Producer Wyck Godfrey on 3D, ‘Breaking Dawn,’ and More via Fearnet

I like to picture the two-part Breaking Dawn movie as a NC-17 gynecology horror flick packed with pillow-biting sex and bellies ripped open, and guess what? I’m not alone. In fact, Twilight Saga producer Wyck Godfrey is the one who brought up David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers when we met to discuss this month’s Eclipse, in which Twilight heroine Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) finds herself torn between her vampire and werewolf beaus as an army of bloodsuckers threatens to kill everyone she loves. (He also told us he’d love to cast Stewart in his remake of the brutal French-language pic Martyrs. More on that here.)
But Godfrey knows his Twilight audience, so I asked him to set the record straight on rumors that the two-part final installment, Breaking Dawn, could go for an R-rating. Over the course of a highly entertaining discussion, he explained why 30 Days of Night director David Slade was chosen to helm Eclipse, what made Dreamgirls razzle-dazzler Bill Condon right for Breaking Dawn, and how elements of horror filmmaking factor into the vampire romance franchise.
We discussed Bella’s newfound confidence in Eclipse, and how her infamous upcoming childbirth scene could possibly go down with a PG-13 rating. He mused on how 3D might be used to film part of Breaking Dawn, which begins shooting this November. He gave a compelling defense of Bella Swan’s problematic attractions to both Edward and Jacob, a love triangle that reaches a boiling point in Eclipse but develops new complexity as we move into Breaking Dawn. Most importantly, Twi-hards, Wyck Godfrey promised plenty of feathers.

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  1. I’m all for more feathers! Or anything for that fact that sticks to the book…..YAYYYYY

  2. I hope they show Edward bitting a pillow and the bruises on Bella.

  3. I’m all for plenty of feathers!!!!

  4. Yay! I’ all for pillow biting and lots of feathers! Oh, and headboard busting! haha. =D

  5. YES. Clearly this man gets it. It’s so good to hear the people behind the films speak about the story in a way that shows they really do have an understanding of what makes it great.

    His description of how he envisions the birth scene does worry me a little though. It wasn’t even written in Bella’s perspective in the books, why would it be presented that way in the movie? She’s barely conscious for most of it. I hope he just means the mood of the scene will be frantic and confusing and such.

    Also, 3D only while Bella is a vamp is actually not an idea that I hate. Not exactly necesarry, but not awful either.

    • Michelle says:

      “… I know that part of a way to differentiate the two movies would be to have one be in 2D, and when she becomes a vampire we move into 3D…”

      I think I kind of agree with you on the 3D piece. I initially thought “YUCK!!!! Definitely not!” But then, after read Godfrey’s comment, I’m not so against it. Bella does sees things so differently once she becomes a vampire, so maybe it *would* work. Don’t they usually offer 3D movies in both formats? The folks who are opposed to it, could just see it in regular format. Just my humble opinion…

  6. Twilight Nymph says:

    I agree. I’m up for the pillow biting and headboard busting, the closer they stick to the book, the better. BRING IT ON! LOL

  7. yahabah says:

    Stick to the book, no 3D, remember the age of the audience. These books are about character, making choices, the consequences of those choices. People are being taught about morals, they don’t know that they are, that is why the books are so popular. Do not zone in on gore, horror or feathers, people will still get it. You don’t have to have everything spelled out. If people knew more about morals, families today would be better intact. As a parent, the ugly side of gore, horror and sex in the media, makes my job very difficult. Be different, be brave and alone, be responsible and these films will be remembered hundreds of years from now.

  8. Kristen said they start shooting in Oct but he said Kristen starts training in Oct and they start shooting in Nov. What kind of training could Kristen be doing?

  9. I was relieved to hear his wife is a ob-gyn. I can’t handle unrealistic, scream your head off, birthing scenes. It is an intense experience, but it is far from horrific. That said, I realize Stephenie has written like the worst birth experience in history, but even with all that, you’ll note that Bella is mostly just really happy.

  10. What Wyck says about possibly making the second part when Bella becomes a vampire in 3D does make sense, it would show the audience Bella’s different visual perspective. It would also be interesting to see all vampires they gather and their talents in 3D as well as the stand off with the Volturi. But here’s what I gather from what he said. If part 2 is when she is a vamp, then it makes sense that they will end part 1 at the birth scene. I would venture to say that we may not even see Renesmee in part 1. What do you think?

  11. I’m Sorry but PLEASE PLEASE do not do it in 3D. it is so over rated and I hate watching movies with those stupid glasses over my own glasses. The twilight series is just not made for the 3D style.

  12. IOnlyPlayBaseballWhenItThunders says:

    Oh gosh, if they make it in 3-D I will cry. Yuck.

  13. Brittany says:

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of the second movie being in 3-D. what Godfrey said makes perfect sense! I’m so glad this guy knows what he’s talking about and really knows the books! 🙂

  14. I can’t wait for feathers!

  15. Twilight dreamer says:

    This sounds ok… 3D is kind of interesting in that showing bella’s shield would be cool but the birthing scene NO WAY. That would just be kind of gross i am not a big blood and guts kind of girl, i had trouble reading about all the blood in the book! As to headboard busting, pillow biting, and all that i only have one thing to say…Yay Bring it on!!!!!!

  16. it is really exciting to watch 3d movies. i hope that there would be 3d sexy movies too.’,,

  17. please no 3D, am blind on one eye and can’t see 3d!!!

  18. 3d movies are hard to come by but they are the coolest-~”

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