Gus Van Sant previously talked with MTV about auditioning to be the director for Breaking Dawn, and now in a new interview with Movieline, he talks a bit about why he wanted to be involved with the project.
So I have to ask: Were you really in the running last year to direct Breaking Dawn?
I think I was in the running, yeah. But I didn’t make it.
Did you want to make it?
Yeah! Yeah. I tried. I went into a meeting.
What interested you about it?
Because it was this really big pop extravaganza. Then I thought it would be interesting to try and go in there and direct one.
Because of the environment and culture around it?
Creatively, though, what’s the upside?
I think you could probably make it interesting. But I’m not sure, if I’d done it, what it would look like. It might have become similar to the others. I’m sure it would have in some ways.
What was your impression of those other films, and what did you think you’d bring to Twilight that would elevate it?
Well, they were really different, those films. I think I saw all three. The first one was Catherine Hardwicke; it was very… malleable. It had all these different things about it. But then the second one was different. And then I saw three, and that was different. So I realized that in the style you directed it, you could make it into something that was your own.
What about the actors? You have a history of developing great creative relationships with younger actors. What do you think you might have brought to Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart or Taylor Lautner?
I don’t know. I don’t know.
Did that enter your thinking along the way?
Well, I knew that I had to work with them, because they were the stars. So… I was looking forward to that part.
You can read the full interview at Movieline.