'Breaking Dawn' screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg nixes graphic sex, birth scenes
The Dish Rag talked with Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter for the "Twilight Saga" series at Prevention magazine's "Hollywood Heroes" awards (sponsored by Asics and Colgate) Tuesday (June 15) at the Montage in Beverly Hills.
Melissa, who was being honored for her charitable work for The Writers' Foundation, is a wildly successful screenwriter. As well as her long list of film and TV projects, she's adapted Summit's "Twilight," "New Moon" and "Eclipse." Now she's working on the two-part adaptation of the final book in the saga, "Breaking Dawn."
She's very proud of "Eclipse," which premieres on June 24 in Los Angeles. And she talks about the blessing of being able to break "Dawn" into two films and the challenge of making Stephanie Meyer's acclaimed books, which are by their nature, very interior stories, for the screen.
She also has no plans to make "Dawn" into a splatter or porno film with graphic sex or bloody childbirth (like when Edward rips open Bella's stomach). She says that she learned from writing for Showtime's "Dexter" that buckets of blood are not necessary to create a visceral sensation for the audience.
"Pint for pint of blood, 'CSI' is bloodier but 'Dexter' is more disturbing," says Melissa. "I think its sexier and more terrifying to suggest it, rather than to graphically see it and see pints of blood spewing all over the place. "
This is undoubtedly very disheartening to millions of Twihard fans who want to see the scenes as they are described in the book. But in a way, it's probably comforting to younger fans, who might not be able to see the films if the violence and gore on the screen keeps the rating high.
You may or may not like what Melissa has done with the "Twilight" book-to-film transformations. But she genuinely loves the source material and she and author Stephanie Meyer have a very collaborative relationship.
"It's such a blessing," says Melissa. "We both have tremendous respect for each other's process and we both have the same objective, which is to see the book on the screen. She is so collaborative and flexible. She's not precious about her work."
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