In news that was not unexpected in Twilight fandom, Summit Entertainment confirmed the long-circulated rumor that the fourth installment in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, would indeed be split into two parts. Here is the information from The Twilight Saga fan page on Facebook:
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.
The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is due in theaters on June 30, 2010.
I will be quite honest here: I’m not quite looking forward to the cinematic version of Breaking Dawn. While I enjoyed the novel at first, after another re-reading of it, I found the book severely lacking in lots of ways, and overall felt disappointed by the ending. As a Twilight fan, I will definitely go see the movies, but I am reserving any and all thoughts on this movie until promotion begins, and I can get a feel for what’s being done with it. I will say that Melissa Rosenberg and Bill Condon have got their work cut out for them, and I hope they can make the movie make more sense than the book.