Producer Wyck Godfrey Spills Breaking Dawn Details to USA Today

USA today sat down with Twilight Saga producer, Wyck Godfrey, and asked the questions that many of us want answers to:

Q: Where does the story split in half?

A: “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.

Q: 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?

A: “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.”

Q: 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?

A: “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?

A: 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.”

A 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.”

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We were able to talk to Wyck at the Eclipse premiere where he hinted that he and Stephenie will be doing other projects.


  1. I think most of the fans with an IQ higher than that of a rake are 18 or older by now.

    • I’m sorry, but I find your comment to be really offensive. Being eighteen years old doesn’t necessarily make you any smarter than, say, a sixteen year old. It IS possible to be intelligent and not yet have passed the magical age mark to becoming an adult. I’m fourteen, and I’m not an idiot, but apparently I have to wait four more years for people to take what I have to say seriously? To not make the immediate assumption I’m a moronic fangirl who can’t spell her own name correctly? That’s not fair. The older you get, the more experience you have, but that doesn’t always make you smarter.

      And yes, I know you said “MOST of the fans”, but I still think that’s an unfair assumption to make. There are some Twilight fans who might be absolute idiots who are in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties, etc., just as there are a lot who are normal, intelligent people of the same age group and are fans of the same thing. So I disagree; I don’t think most of the fans who have an IQ higher than that of a rake are eighteen or older. Being a legal adult doesn’t have anything to do with how smart you are.

      • Very well said. I remember being there and no, it’s not fair. Your articulate comment will hopefully help those who should take a second look before disregarding those they view as inferior simply because of age. Hopefully if enough people respond with the example you set, change can actually occur. P.S. it does get better, i promise

      • Very eloquently put!! The way you’ve chosen to express your answer further proves your point that age, intelligence and, even further, maturity don’t always keep the same company.

  2. Hmm…….so they are going to break away from Bella during Jacobs pov from the book. From other stuff I’ve read online I got the impression that they weren’t. (I can’t remember where though.) So that’ll be interesting to see how they do that. I can’t wait to see some of the scenes discussed with him. So happy we can now say that it comes out this year.

  3. The rating problem exists only due to the graphicly overwhelming abilitys of the film genre. Im sure that any 13yo who actually read the books will be ready and prepared for the whole gory scene. Unfortunately however, also due to the accessability of the films in thearters and on dvd, making each novel a much faster and instantaniously gratifying experience, the bulk of twilighs fans, at this point havent even read the novels, i mean come on how many people actually read jurassic park compared with how many saw, and are still seeing the films? the problem is not in the graphic nature of the birth secnes but in the medium they are presented. dont get me wrong i love the movies, but i dont think they are appropriate for anyone under 15…

    • And I thought everyone who was into the movies would have read all the books by now. Steph writes very detailed books. Its really worth it to read them. I’ve read them 3 times so I would understand the movies even more.

  4. KSmithGray says:

    The rating problem is not because they feel the fans can’t handle it, it’s because Stephenie is Mormon. The religion doesn’t allow them to view R-rated movies.

    • That is 100% correct. This seems to have been forgotten by many. I think we should all remember it is about Stephenie and respect this. It will still be an awesome movie. And if you were one of the BD haters, don’t go. That simple.

    • Thats really wierd. There are vampires, 17 year old intense love scenes and alot of other violence. Not getting the mormon thing.

    • Stephenie is “allowed” to watch whatever movie she wants. She chooses not to watch Rated-R movies.

    • So, she can’t view (sorry, CHOOSES not to view) an R-rated movie but she can write an R-rated book? BEYOND irritating “logic”.

  5. Yes she’s Mormon but that’s not why the movies aren’t Rated R it’s because half this fandom is under 17 hello. And I know lots of Mormons that watch Rated R movies.

    • Kass – you are incorrect. It’s more about Stephenie. Maybe not necessarily that it is dictated by her religion, but it is her personal choice. If she’s never seen an R rated movie, why would she make one…

  6. Yeah Wyck! Thanks for the sneak peek. I think that was smart of them to do the birth scene through Bella’s eyes.

  7. Ok, I kinda get the from Bella’s eye only birth scene, but she was unconscious for alot of it…??? I can’t wait..I’m sure they will do it well.(FINGERS CROSSED)

    • She wasn’t unconscious for the birth, only unconscious for the transformation.

      • Actually girls she is coming in and out of consciousness while the birth is happening, and fully conscious for the transformation but being “pinned down” by the morphine. Later she says she (and I paraphrase) “went from being tied to the the stake to gripping the stake to hold herself in the fire. I had to go back and remember/check this because I too was initially worried that they’d be making something up when I read the article. It’s just that after Jacob’s point of view everything is replayed through Bella’s and that is what i think they’re referring to :)Phew!

  8. TwilightRocks!!!! says:

    “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.”

    I cant recall any moments when Edward and Bella werent totally blissed out with the exception of when they go on the honeymoon and Edward refuses to be with her again till she is a vampire.??

    • Agree, I don’t know what that was about. It concerns me.

      • I didn’t get the “marriage wasn’t quite what they thought it was” quote. With the exception of the pregnancy and what she goes through with that, really in the book everything else is pretty much what they expected. Hopefully, that quote refers to her getting pregnant.

        I don’t understand people’s problem with it staying PG-13. All the others have been, and this one should be. They can push it pretty far anyway on PG-13(Remember Me, anyone?) I do think Stephenie’s religion comes into play somewhere, and since she is fully involved in this movie and the power to make decisions, I’ll think it’ll come out just right. What did Taylor say? The best is yet to come!

        I was very excited to see that they are splitting it in such a good place. But, I’m still a bit confused about the Jacob thing. I thought someone came out earlier and said they decided not to do it from Jacob’s perspective. I guess Wyck is the final say on that. I’m excited…only 10 more months. 😀

  9. I vote for an unrated version of the film 😀 That way everybody wins! hahaha

  10. I have total faith in Wyck’s, Melissa, and most importantly Mr. Condon’s ability to adapt Breaking Dawn to film.

    I could certainly understand an R rating, the amount of description in the birth and love scenes in the book could certainly merit it, but it’s also very possible to town it down a bit and use creative camera angles and timing to tone it down to PG-13. All in all, it will be more accessible to fans with a PG-13 rating, so all in all not a big deal. And no, I am not 17 or under, I am 30.

    I’m also not very concerned about the whole Jacob’s perspective thing. One place where the movies deviated from the books was that the movies showd a Universal persepective, where the books only showed Bella’s. I think the Jacob scenes will just be cutaways annd help move the story along, just like the nomad and newborns scenes in Twilight and Eclipse.

    And I really hope that the split between parts 1 and 2 happens when Bella opens her firey newborn eyes for the first time. That would be an awesome end shot!

    • Completely agree with your hopes for the final scene!! I was thinking about that too!! I admit that I was more than concerned when I read the article but I loved your perspective. I’m also thinking that with Stephenie being more directly involved with the movie I’m hoping there’s no way we could be disappointed. So, crossing my fingers and trusting their judgment…

  11. yippie more details!


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