Twilight fans will have twice as much to sink their teeth into for the saga’s final chapter, with “Breaking Dawn” to be released as two movies. Although trying to cram that much story into one film, and depriving Twi-hards of the fevered anticipation that will be met with each film’s release, just doesn’t make much business sense.
Summit Entertainment, which is releasing the wildly popular vampire franchise based on Stephenie Meyer‘s books, said part one would come out Nov. 18, 2011. The script is being written now, with bold-name stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner returning to make young girls’ hearts swell and beat rapidly. Production is set to begin this fall.
Bill Condon, who won an Oscar for the screenplay of his 1999 film Gods and Monsters, will direct both movies. Condon also directed Dreamgirls and Kinsey and produced the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony with Hugh Jackman as host, thus pointing to a potential shift in how these last two Twilight stories will be told.
You may remember that Catherine Hardwicke directed the first vampire flick and left New Moon when the studio’s quick deadline proved to be an obstacle for her, resulting in Chris Weitz taking over as director. Eclipse, which comes out June 30, is helmed by David Slade, the man behind such vastly different films as Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night.