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Birthing Scene to Be Cut From Breaking Dawn 2010-06-16 10:30:00

Graphic Scenes May Be Cut From Breaking Dawn — Spot on or so Wrong?

The release of Eclipse is exactly two weeks away, but some fans are already thinking ahead to the fourth film installment, Breaking Dawn. Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is currently in the midst of the tough task of adapting the fourth novel into two screenplays, and she recently hinted at what we can expect from the über controversial birthing scene. She said, "On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are 'It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!' For me it's actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth ... it doesn't mean it's any less evocative of an experience."

On one hand, I see Rosenberg's point — some of the pivotal scenes of the book are pretty graphic and would be hard to watch. However, how much will be left to the imagination? Would Bella's vampire transformation also happen off screen? Fans of the books, how do you feel about certain scenes taking place off camera?

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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I like blood and guts scenes. Breaking Dawn would be better if it would bring a little gore to Twilight movies. That's part of the reason True Blood is so fun! But I know they don't want to give the movie an R rating. If they stayed true to the book and had that bloody birthing scene plus all the hot vampire sex, it would be so less sugar-coated (which is a complaint I hear a lot about Twilight). I understand why they might cut it out to keep the PG-13 rating. Hopefully they'll find a way to put it in while still being able to keep the rating.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i think that it would be SO WRONG to cut some of those scenes out of the book. i think that part of why fans are so invested in the films is that they get to really see things come to life and without that - it seems like things are falling short. i think that we'll see (from what i've heard) that eclipse really stays true to the book and if the next movies don't then you'll really lose a lot of the fan's trust.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
Ughhh the whole climax of the series is Bella becoming a vampire (which coincides with her giving birth). I could see them somehow cutting parts of the birth out, but if she just magically awoke as a vampire I wouldn't understand?! There have been three books and movies building up to this!! Also, I think this is where they should end the first of the two movies! And they better show them having sex as well, so I guess I am pushing for an R rating :) haha!
mnxygrl mnxygrl 7 years
I was picturing either really creepy and horrific like Alien or maybe toned down like the scene in Glee when Quinn has her baby
runningesq runningesq 7 years
If it's really graphic, it will have to get an R rating -- which means substantially less money for the franchise. My guess is they'll make it as "racy" as possible while keeping it PG-13.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I'm of the mind that they can show the birthing scene without actually showing the birthing scene. They can show peoples reactions, show Bella in pain, and not actually show them ripping her stomach open. As for the sex scenes, I don't think they even showed them in the book.
gingirl gingirl 7 years
I'm a little split on this, because while I do believe the birthing scene is very important to the storyline, I'm not sure it can be done tastefully on screen. And I'd rather it not be done at all, than to see it done very, very badly. And with this screenwriter (sigh) those are our two options. I just hope it isn't glossed over (ie, we're downstairs with all the Culens and you only sporadic noises and then a baby crying - come on!) in it's entirety. They have a great director for the last two, hopefully he can do something with it. Maybe it depends on how the fight scenes were done in Eclipse - if those were done well, there may be hope yet. Now, the Bella-n-Edward sexing? Sign me up for (more than) a hint of that!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
I wish there was a way to see the results of the poll without actually voting. I'm not a Twilight fan so I didn't want to skew the results, but I was curious what people thought. Anyway, I just wanted to put my 2 cents in and say that they will never make this an R Rated movie. It would mean way too much money lost; the producers aren't stupid. They'll probably find a way to kind of include the scenes, but not really show anything. I hope they include the scenes so I can make fun of them. When a friend read me that part of the book, I was rolling on the floor laughing. Sorry, I am mean. (But only about Twilight.)
gd101 gd101 7 years
Those scenes are important, so I would say, keep the scenes just don't make it R rated. @skigurl I agree with you!
sungemini sungemini 7 years
(spoilers) i dont cae what anyone has to say i think that they should see the birth... you want to see Edward biting through Bellas stomach...Rosalie cutting through bella's skin with a scapple...jacob being ugly with Edward...Jacob pumping Bella's heart to stay alive...Edward biting Bella in all the large viens so that she can change...HYou just cant leave those parts out... You also want to see all the sex scenes from isle esme, escpecially edward breaking the bed headboard... and bellas tranformation well that one is hard cuz since she blacks out and you dont see what is happening but you see it from jacobs POV and the movie is in Bella's POV, that one is a hard one i say fade out when she goes out and fade back in when she has become a vampire... at least this is what i think... and is you think about the book is Rated would only be right if the movie was Rated R as well... again this is what i think...
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
As horrifying as the birth scene was, I think that's a major plot point. Melissa Rosenburg is sh*tty screenwriter. Summit definitely needed to hire someone better, a better writer in general from the get go. I love the movies, but sometimes I hear the lines and I'm like what?? It's like they hired a 5th grader to write the scripts.
reesiecup reesiecup 7 years
I'm sure there's a way to portray the scenes without getting an R label slapped on the film. The scene at minimum needs to convey Edward's desperation and actions that ultimately comprises the plot of the book and ends the series!
nylorac nylorac 7 years
the birthing scene was not so gross as it was comical and grotesque. specifically, i'm thinking about the "blood fountain." and i think including this would detract from the movie.
mallorycurtis mallorycurtis 7 years
i think if they just allude to it without actually showing the gory details, it'll be fine. stephenie meyer does that with the sex in the book so i don't see how this is really any different.
marcied23 marcied23 7 years
honestly there is so little that happens in the story that's good, that cutting this out would just make it more bland.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
I don't really want to see it, but I do think it's integral to the climax of the story. I think it should be done somewhat on-screen but very carefull so it's not totally over the top and disgusting. I mean you can do it with characters faces shown etc. without totally gross details filmed...
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