Director Sought For “Breaking Dawn”

Wanted: A talented filmmaker to direct one of the most difficult to adapt but extremely popular books on the market into a possible two-film saga that will make an absolute fortune.

That’s apparently the word according to Entertainment Weekly who reports that Summit Entertainment has been in touch with a trio of highly acclaimed filmmakers about taking the helm of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”, the film adaptation of the fourth and final novel in Stephenie Meyer’s series.

That trio includes three names that are quite familiar to the awards circuit, famous for making very personal projects and also take their time with them – making them the last names you’d expect to hear tied to such populist and tightly controlled studio material.

Those names? Oscar winners Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Marie Antoinette”) and Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls,” “Kinsey”), and multiple Oscar-nominated Gus Van Sant (“Milk,” “Good Will Hunting”).

A decision is not expected to be made until scribe Melissa Rosenberg delivers her detailed outline of the adaptation to director’s next week.

Either way whomever takes on the challenge faces the difficulty of portraying several rather extreme elements in what has to be a PG-13 feature. These include a vampire sunbaking Brazillian-style, extremely rough teen sex, a graphically violent birthing scene which includes teeth, a very young child capable of Olympian-level athletic feats, and some disturbing themes involving a muscle-bound teenager and a newborn.