Sorry, Twi-Hards: Breaking Dawn Still PG-13
Thanks to recent comments from Robert Pattinson regarding the fantastically violent birth scene in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (mmm, placenta!), the internet thought/hoped for a hot second that the teen franchise might actually earn itself an R-rating. To which Movieline says, come on people. Because, guess what? The film's gory bits will remain tastefully PG-13.
"There's some interesting and weird stuff going on--really very, very, very strange, Pattinson reportedly told Entertainment Weekly. "It's great. For a big mainstream movie, it's the most obscure story line and really outside the box. It's a horror movie."
"I've seen a few bits, and I just can't see how it's going to be PG-13 ... unless they cut everything out," Pattinson continued, setting off a flurry of hopeful assumptions that the Bill Condon-directed sequel might actually show enough to warrant an R-rating. Many fans, understandably, want to see the infamous Breaking Dawn scene in its full glory. Just imagine: Close-up on Pattinson's gleaming chompers biting through Kristen Stewart's pregnant belly, bones breaking, blood everywhere, KStew screaming in pain as a creature-baby claws its way out of her body. Instant classic horror moment, no?
But crossing the PG-13 line really isn't necessary to portray what's arguably the most harrowing and disturbing moment in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novels. Practically speaking, the scene is more likely to play out, as screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and producer Wyck Godfrey have previously explained, as an abstract fever dream shot from Bella's point of view. Catherine Hardwicke did something similar in the first Twilight film, dipping in and out of Bella's consciousness as Edward sucked venom out of her wound, barely managing not to kill her. (And they say romance is dead.)
In light of this, Summit confirmed to Thompson on Hollywood that Breaking Dawn will definitely, absolutely, positively remain PG-13, which is probably best; that leaves all the R-rated stuff to your imagination, where butter-colored sex and placenta-chewing horrors are always better anyway.
· Breaking Dawn Will Not Be First R-Rated Twilight Movie, Summit Confirms [Thompson on Hollywood]