So now that Bill Condon has been announced as the director of Breaking Dawn,
everyone wants to know just who is he? Given the previous three directors
here’s where he stacks up just on statistics:
the same age as Catherine Hardwicke, but has directed the same number of
films as Catherine, Chris Weitz, and David Slade combined.
Chris Weitz, he is both a writer and a director. Also like Chris, he was
nominated for an Oscar based on his writing. However, unlike Chris, he won an
Oscar for his directing of Gods and Monsters.
Hollywood’s best and brightest (and also most difficult) have worked with Bill
Condon such as Oscar nominees and winners: Ian McKellan, Liam Neeson, Brendon
Fraiser, Laura Liney, Tim Hutton, John Lithgow, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Fox,
Like David Slade he’s done the horror thing by directing one of the Clive
Barker Candyman series.
Like Chris Weitz he’s handled CGI, but not to the same degree in FX2.
Chris Weitz and Catherine Hardwicke, he respects adaptation from the originating
source material, and doesn’t want to lose site of the popular work that
everyone fell in love with. (See the interview with Charlie Rose below.)
Catherine he thrives on character driven/relationships like Dreamgirls, Gods and
Monsters, and Kinsey (Check out Bill talking about Dreamgirls in the video
here’s the next item which people should be asking: who do you think he’ll
want to be in the Breaking Dawn Cast who he’s worked with before? Hollywood,
aside from talent, is all about connections, reputation, and previous
experience. There are a lot of new vampires in Breaking Dawn, and we fully
expect a lot of them to be cut or combined like the way Anna Kendrick’s
Jessica is a combination of the book’s Jessica and Lauren. On the other hand,
some are uncuttable due to basic plot. What leaps to mind right away is the
Denali Coven in particular Irina, because without Irina going to the Volturi
there’s no back end of the story.
appears to be twenty-thirty something, is an UBER Twilight fan, fits the
age range, and has worked with Bill Condon before. There’s one name that
instantly jumps up. The first person to come up with the answer that we are
thinking of in our comments gets the autographed photo of their choice from our