Movieline Interview Bill Condon
Movieline caught up with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon in San Diego, where he made his first Comic-Con appearance.
What is your strategy in regards to what to show and what not to show to fans?
I know! Well, it was hard this time, because I think there are just basic things. You don’t want to show Bella in the wedding dress…
Because we want to, as long as we can and I hope we can keep it until opening day! We want to keep it a surprise.
You went pretty long without even announcing the dress designer. So, until opening day, will you not reveal Bella’s dress?
If we have our way, which you know will never happen. [Laughs] But I’m hoping! Certainly today in July, we’re not going to show anything in the wedding dress, and I’m not going to show anything of her pregnant because that’s a whole transformation that she goes through. So you take that out of the equation and for Bella and Edward there’s really only the honeymoon, and for Jacob, it’s really not that many scenes. So it wasn’t really hard to figure out once you got to that point.
The Jacob scenes shown at Comic-Con were interesting because, as you mentioned on your panel, we’ll see things that don’t really happen in the book. How did you decide what to tweak?
I think it’s just that, in a movie, you want to really concentrate things. It’s all suggested in the book that once he breaks with Sam and the pack they have this threat now, but in the movie it becomes a clear idea that they [the Cullens] are under siege, and that Sam and the rest of the wolves are circling them, just waiting — and that the Cullens haven’t fed so they’re hungry, they’re weak. The wolves are either going to attack as soon as one of them leaves to feed, or they’ll wait for them to get too weak. It’s a real tension that builds up, it’s a very strong suspense idea.
There are so many iconic scenes in the book; how do you walk the line of romanticizing the feathers-at-the-honeymoon scene, or deciding how gory to go with the birth scene, in a PG-13 movie?
You know it’s not going to be an R-rated movie, so it’s a great challenge. How do you have the experience without having to be too explicit about it. I think that’s not a hard thing to do. No one wants to see — no one needs to see a full-on sex scene to have the incredibly intense experience that they’re making love, you know? And it’s more romantic. The same with the birth; I think it’s very visceral, but it doesn’t necessarily need close-ups of certain things.