The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Tones Down Sex and Violence for PG-13
There is a scene in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 where Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) chews through his pregnant wife's (Kristen Stewart) belly with his sharp vampire teeth to unleash the Hell spawn hiding within. Her spine shattered, he then proceeds to gnash his way through the umbilical cord, which is as strong as Kal-El's hair strand from Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. This is but one of far too many graphic, adult themed moments in the two-part series ending climax of this popular young adult series aimed at teenage girls.
While recently promoting Water for Elephants, Robert Pattinson confirmed that he had shot the scene mentioned above, and that it was as gruesome and gnarly as most imaged while reading the book. He assured fans that director Bill Condon was staying slavishly close to the source material, and this would not be a white wash of Stephenie Meyer sexually deviant prose. Which, if true, would solidify a solid R rating for both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
Today, a Rep for Summit Entertainment, home of the Twilight saga, has come forward to clarify Robert Pattinson's statements. Neither movie is going to be restricted to an audience of 18 years or older.
"Breaking Dawn will be a PG-13. It will not be rated R.""
So, when these two back-to-back sequels arrive in theaters, they will be neutered from an artistic standpoint, but it makes sense. It's a series aimed at young girls. Nothing to get hung up about. Strawberry Fields forever, and all that shit. But the real question begging to be answered is: Will older fans get to see the complete, uncut The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 when this series comes to a close on Blu-ray and DVD? Twilight has just as many adult fans as it does teenagers, and those teenagers are going to grow up quick.
Let's hope Bill Condon reedits this truly weird, sexual experience back into its true form at some point down the line. Its what the fans really want, and it would make a killing on the home video circuit. I am guessing they will save the Uncut Saga for that defining moment when it looks like no more money can be drained from this franchise.