Tim Burton digs supernatural stories: the goth-comic ghost tale of “Beetlejuice,” the headless killer from the great beyond in “Sleepy Hollow,” the undead love story of “Corpse Bride.” In a way, Burton knows vampires too, resurrecting Bela Lugosi — the definitive cinematic Count Dracula — in the Oscar-winning biopic “Ed Wood.”
All of this has made “New Moon” vampire Jamie Campbell Bower think that Burton should direct “Breaking Dawn,” the expected film adaptation of the final book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series.
“It’d be cool if Burton came and did ‘Breaking Dawn,’ ” Campbell Bower told MTV News of his “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” director. “I think he’d just change it up. I think he’d screw around with it quite a lot, and aesthetically, I think it’d be incredibly different. I don’t know if the fans would like it, but I’d sure like it.”
Unlike other blockbuster franchises, all three “Twilight” films have been helmed by different directors. Catherine Hardwicke oversaw the first one, Chris Weitz took over for “New Moon” and — following rumors about Drew Barrymore and Juan Antonio Bayona — David Slade was selected for“Eclipse,” which wrapped late last month. Though “Breaking Dawn” has not officially been announced, it’s all but certain to move toward production.
“Nothing is confirmed as of yet,” said Bower, who plays hot-tempered Volturi vampire Caius. “They’ve got some things to figure out.”
While Bower threw his support behind Burton, another name that has cropped up in discussions about the fourth book — which, it has been rumored, might be split into two movies — is Weitz.
“No official offer has been made,” the director said in October about directing “Breaking Dawn.” “The fans have been enthusiastic about the [‘New Moon’] footage and the trailer, and the studio responds to that by feeling good about me. We’ll have to see how people feel about the entire movie, not only the studio but the fans, before the verdict is out whether I direct # 4.”
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