Directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, and starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will be two movies, Summit Entertainment has officially announced on Thursday, June 10. Considering that Breaking Dawn is a long book, not to mention all the contractual negotiations, especially what went on between Summit and Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) and Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), this bit of “breaking news” should come as no surprise to anyone.
Additionally, the Twilight Saga is Summit's fat cash cow. The more mi$k they can get out of that cow, the better. (Think Warner Bros.' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part II.) And of course, fans will be thrilled to have more Edward, more Bella, more Jacob, more - ugh - Renesmee.
Breaking Dawn Part I will hit US theaters on November 18, 2011. According to some early reports – rumors, if you will – Part II should be released in summer 2012.
Melissa Rosenberg is currently working on the screenplay. Breaking Dawn parts I and II should begin production in the fall; the films will be shot back-to-back – or perhaps “simultaneously” might be a better description of the shooting schedule, as one assumes scenes will be shot according to locations, logistics, costs, etc.
Author Stephenie Meyer will be one of the film's – or rather, films' – producers.
The real announcement I'm waiting to hear has to do with Renesmee's casting. Will they get a weird baby to play the fast-growing, mind-writing half-human, half-vampire hybrid? Or will Renesmee be a cgi creation like the werewolves? I'm hoping for the latter option. That should be really creepy.
Also coming back for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn are Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, and Jackson Rathbone. I'm assuming Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, Daniel Cudmore, and the other Volturi actors will also return. Plus Julia Jones, Booboo Stewart, Chaske Spencer and all the werewolves.
Photo: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment)
Robert Pattinson's Edward Cullen squares off against Taylor Lautner's Jacob Black in Twilight Saga: Eclipse. This looks like a follow-up to a previously released photo featuring Pattinson, Lautner, and Kristen Stewart's Bella Swan. ()
I'm not really sure which scene this is supposed to be. The Edward vs. Jacob confrontation set in the school parking lot, which was recently seen in a clip shown at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, is totally different in terms of ambiance, lighting, and clothing.
In the novels, of course, Jacob is much bigger than Edward. He's 6'5” or something like that. Perhaps even taller by the time Breaking Dawn comes to a close. Obviously, that's not the case in the movie adaptations. But I think that makes Jacob a more believable match for Bella – and thus more of a threat to Edward.
Also in the Eclipse cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Sarah Clarke, Michael Welch, Kiowa Gordon, Cameron Bright, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, and Jodelle Ferland.
Robert Pattinson was interviewed on Access Hollywood around the time Twilight came out in late 2008. Though nearly a couple of years old, the Pattinson interview is illuminating in that you can see where he was then – in terms of fame; his approach to the character of Edward Cullen – and where he's now.
The interview has some very funny moments (“bite me!”), but I found that the most interesting things about it were the “revealing” details. For example, when Pattinson admitted to having written an “ass-kissing” e-mail to Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, explaining how much he'd like to do the part of Edward Cullen and how he'd play it.
And that it was his audition with Kristen Stewart that opened his eyes to the way Edward should be played. Stewart remained with the franchise, but I wonder how Pattinson felt when he found out Hardwicke had been replaced in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
Check it out, if you haven't already.
Directed by David Slade, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse opens in the United States and about a dozen other countries on June 30. Melissa Rosenberg adapted Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel.
Also in the Eclipse cast: Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Billy Burke, Daniel Cudmore, Anna Kendrick, and Jodelle Ferland.