A source for Entertainment Weekly says that Summit Entertainment has reached out to at least three Oscar-worthy directors to helm the final (thank god) two-part story in the Twilight franchise, "Twilight: Breaking Dawn."
The three directors that have been approached are Sofia Coppola ("Lost in Translation"), Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), and Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls").
Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is apparently still working on the outline for the story and should have it to the potential directors by some time next week. Then it will be anybody's guess to see who will pick up the script and run with it and who the studio would likely choose.
I can't say I am a huge fan of her as a director (and as an actress, holy shit is she terrible!) but Sofia would make the most sense to be tapped to helm. Summit has traditionally wanted to stick with younger directors for the Twilight franchise in order to make sure they're hitting their target demographic: fanatically-insane pre-teen girls, and 30-something women that want to feel like they're still pre-teen girls. Sophia seems to write/produce and direct most of her projects towards that demographic as well.
However the timing may be off for Ms Coppola to hop into the director's chair. Since winning the Oscar for best original screenplay for "Lost in Translation" in 2003, Sofia directed and produced the god-awful period film "Marie Antoinette" in 2006. She recently wrapped up her latest written/directed/ produced flick "Somewhere" and has since been very pregnant with her second child, which is due in May.
Can Sofia take on the responsibility of a new baby and a new film at the same time?
We're sure to find out who gets "Breaking Dawn's" directing job soon. Stay tuned.