More Breaking News on “Breaking Dawn”: Stephenie Meyer to Produce

By Kim Palacios

This morning’s announcement from Summit Entertainment was a double-whammy for Twilight fans. Not only was Bill Condon named as the director of “Breaking Dawn”– but Stephenie Meyer has been named the producer.

This shouldn’t come as a shock to attentive followers, who have long been aware of talk about Meyer’s desire for creative control. It was widely rumored that Meyer’s insistence upon having certain conditions met was the driving force behind delays around green lighting the film production of “Breaking Dawn”.

As producer, though Meyer will not have complete creative license, she will either drive or be consulted around all major decisions related to the production of the film—not limited to ones about character and story. Given that Meyer herself created the characters and wrote all four of the Twilight Saga novels, some involvement in this capacity makes sense. Still, it is not common for the original writer of a novel to find herself in such a role in a major Hollywood film.

Fan reaction to the news of Summit’s announcement has been mixed, particularly from critics of of “Breaking Dawn”. Many Twi-hards who stand by the franchise and were pleased by the overall series were disappointed by plot elements in Meyer’s originally published ending. Some have gone so far as to speculate that Meyer’s insistence upon being more involved in “Breaking Dawn” than in the other movies stems from a desire to redeem herself in the eyes of the fans. This sentiment is aligned with rumors that “Breaking Dawn” will be filmed as two separate features. A lengthier script, more time on the screen, and this degree of control would position Meyer to tell the story she wants.

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