Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant Being Courted For Twilight's Last Film, But Why?

Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant, and Bill Condon are all rumored to have been approached by Summit to direct the last Twilight film. We're not really sure who should be more insulted, the directors or the source material.

<em>Entertainment Weekly is reporting that, "Sources tell EW that the studio has reached out to at least three top-notch directors, including Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), and Bill Condon (Dreamgirls)," to direct the final Twilight book Breaking Dawn. Which many are speculating might be turned into a two-parter.

But that no decisions will be made until they see the final script, which most likely contains — spoiler alert — an exceptionally graphic birthing scene for Bella.

There's a small sex scene as well, but trust me — this "if you have sex with someone, you will get pregnant, and that baby will try to kill you during childbirth, in the most violent way possible" moment is so ridiculously heavy-handed, and exceptionally graphic, I'm not sure who's going to want to touch that. And I can understand their hesitance until they read the treatment. But more importantly, why would any of these directors want to do this film? Besides the fame, which they already have, none of the films are very "good." New Moon was a veritable collection of half naked, jean-shorted youths standing in the rain and a mopey teen staring out the window. Bad, bad, bad — and I like Twilight, I truly honestly do. But good films, they are not. What's it worth to these directors to have the least shitty Twilight films under their belt?

Also, why is the studio courting expensive directors? They don't need cred, because this franchise prints its own money. Hell some jerk with a flip cam and the regular cast would make at least a couple hundred mil. I can see Summit arguing that they're making a movie that will make money no matter what, and these respected directors should want to have a piece of this. But still, it seems like money they could be spending on white body paint and glitter FX.

This is like asking Martin Scorsese to make Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — not that I wouldn't mind seeing what they would do with the franchise, but it's silly. I should note that I'm not saying I don't want a better movie, we deserve that after sitting through New Moon.