What do sex, creepiness, Beyoncé, The Candyman, and Robert Pattinson have in common (besides making for excellent fanfic)? Why, Bill Condon, of course. The director, best known for his work on Kinsey and Dreamgirls, will direct the fourth installment in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn. Is this a good thing? Let's look at some of his past work and make unfounded predictions! (Come on, you've got nothing better to do at work today than watch Candyman trailers, right?)
Let's go in chronological order and look at Condon's four biggest hits. First up, Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh:
Prediction: Working on a film with this terrifying of a premise (seriously, Candyman scares the crap out of me) has hopefully given Condon the necessary skills to highlight just how horrifying Edward Cullen's stalker-ish behavior truly is.
Next in line, Gods and Monsters:
Prediction: Having to deal with Brendan Fraser in the '90s will serve as a good warm-up for Condon for having to deal with Robert Pattinson in the '10s. That being said, having worked with the legendary Ian McKellan probably makes working with the Twilight crew a bit of a letdown.
Third on the list, Kinsey:
Prediction: Hmm... A film about exploring sexual deviance? How could that relate to a film about disturbing, violent, undead sex? Well, he'll probably figure out a way to use that experience somehow. That's what directors do.
Last up, Dreamgirls:
Prediction: Well, thematically I'm not seeing a lot of parallels here. Maybe Condon can use his connections to get Beyoncé to sing the theme song for the movie? I'd like to hear her take on vampire romance.
Overall, it looks like Condon's experience with creepy themes and sexy sex could come in mighty handy when he directs Breaking Dawn. (Of course, it would have been nice to get a woman director–I heard Sofia Coppola was on the short list–in on the project as well, but apparently that is too much to ask.) I, for one, would like to see a director deal with the darker and more disturbing themes present in the franchise, as opposed to making it another teen romance flick (especially knowing what happens in the fourth installment). Could Condon's directorial efforts help Twilight take a turn for the better? What do you think?