A four-hour “Twilight” movie may sound like a dream come true for fans of the beloved book series, but according to “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 and 2” director Bill Condon, the never-before-seen footage might not ever see the light of the day.
In a recent interview with Collider during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, Condon, 57, revealed that he has a three-hour-and-44-minute supercut of the “Breaking Dawn” film, but said he still has even more scenes of vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) love story unseen by audiences. “I hope one day [it] might emerge. I think it would be an interesting experience for those who are really into it,” said Condon, who confirmed the supercut will not be included in the “Twilight” box-set scheduled to be released later this year. “I do have a kind of version of those two movies cut into one movie that is not going to be there,” said Condon.
So why create an extended version and not release it? Condon claims he edited the two romance films into one movie in an effort to make the stories' cinematic adaptation more faithful to the four-book young-adult series. “It’s just one cut. There are obviously adjustments you have to make and rearranging some of the stuff. Just making it into one seamless thing, making it feel more like the original novel,” said Condon.
While Condon stated that the box-set will most likely not include new footage of “Breaking Dawn Part 1” (following its extended-edition release in March), it will include extras, but not additional scenes, from “Breaking Dawn Part 2.” “That movie is so unbelievably visual-effects heavy,” he said. “It would cost a ton of money to actually create the environment for some of those extra scenes.”
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” was the first film in the series to be directed by Condon, also well known for his work on the 2006 award-winning film “Dreamgirls.” Released in 2011, it raked in more than $712 million in box-office sales worldwide. The second installment of “Breaking Dawn,” the final film in the five-movie saga, followed in 2012, garnering just over $140 million at the box office in its opening weekend alone.