On Monday, I posted a brief article explaining that RioFilme president Sérgio Sá Leitão had recently stated on his Twitter page that he still had no news about director Bill Condon, and stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart coming to Rio de Janeiro to film scenes from Summit Entertainment's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Since then, when not discussing Brazil's run-off presidential election (which will be held next Sunday), Leitão has tweeted about RioFilme's efforts to attract foreign companies to shoot movies in Rio. Twice he mentioned Breaking Dawn.
First, he stated that RioFilme has been working hard to bring to Rio both Breaking Dawn and the just-confirmed Fast Five, the fifth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Later, he tweeted “Not yet” in response to someone asking whether he had heard anything new about Breaking Dawn.
At G1/O Globo, Leitão elaborated some more:
“I'd say that now we're on the last stretch, and it's for that very reason that I'm not allowed to give out many details. The only thing I can say is that negotiations are at a very advanced stage.”
As for Fast Five, to be directed by Justin Lin, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, and Vin Diesel, Leitão says the expected four-day shoot some time in November will add US$2 million to the state's economy. Scenes will be set in Rio's historic downtown area, the beaches, the Sugar Loaf, and the Christ statue.
Several weeks ago, Leitão had tweeted that Fast Five would use CGI to recreate Rio on screen. Apparently, RioFilme's efforts have persuaded Original Film/Universal to use real Rio locations at least for some of what will be seen on screen.
Who knows? The same could still happen to Breaking Dawn. We'll keep you posted.