Twilight fans rejoice! Summit confirmed yesterday what every Twihard and her cousin already knew – Summit will pull a Harry Potter and split “Breaking Dawn” into two films, with Bill Condon directing both, and shooting them back to back, with part one slated for a November 2011 release.
Per Hollywood Crush:
Los Angeles, CA, June 10, 2010 – Summit Entertainment confirmed today that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.
The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing. The TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will start production in the Fall.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
Summit was reported to be considering doing to films about the final book in the Twilight series but had to sign up key stars for the movie, because two films weren’t part of the original negotiations for the series. Pattinson and Stewart negotiated their deals quickly, but Greene and Lutz held out for more money (read about that here.) It looked for a time like they might be replaced, but finally agreed to a compromise. Condon promises to make the movies into something sexy but suitable for kids. I can’t wait to see how they handle the honeymoon and birthing scene in the movies as the latter was pretty disturbing in the book. The biggest question now is where in the story the first film will end and where the second film begins.
There is no release date given for the second film yet, but given the urgency we can only guess it will be the first half of 2012 or, at the latest, late 2012. But that’s of course just a guess. Yes, Twilight-haters…. This means you’re not even halfway through the phenomenon yet!
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