Today, the blogosphere is abuzz again with the question that has plagued Twihards – and Twilight Saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg – since the adaptation of Breaking Dawn was a go: How much do you show of a labor and delivery that EW described in its review of the book thusly:
“As the masochistic teenage mother-to-be of a monster — a fetus that breaks her ribs when it kicks — [Bella] is not only hard to identify with but positively horrifying, especially while guzzling human blood to nourish the infant. (She adamantly refuses an abortion, which even Edward begs her to consider.) By the time the feverish birth scene rolls around, you’ll think Rosemary’s Baby might make a suitable companion video to What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”
In an interview with the L.A. Times’ Ministry of Gossip, Rosenberg appears to be leaning toward the ‘less is more’ theory: “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.” UPDATE: A rep for Summit confirms to EW that the Breaking Dawn films will definitely be PG-13.
How much do you really want to see? Nothing, a few facial shots and some screaming, or, you know, the chewing? Keep in mind Bill Condon, in addition to helming Dreamgirls, also directed Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh.