Summit Entertainment has (finally!) confirmed that Academy Award-winning Bill Condon will direct The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.
Still no word on whether or not Breaking Dawn, which is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg, will be two films and in 3D as rumored. But the studio did verify that stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner will all be back. Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, and Stephenie Meyer will produce the project.
“Bringing Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn to the screen requires a graceful and intelligent hand, and we believe Bill Condon is exactly the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense creativity and subtle sensitivity,” said Erik Feig, President of Production and Acquisitions, for Summit Entertainment.
Added author Stephenie Meyer, “I’m so thrilled that Bill wants to work with us. I think he’s going to be a great fit, and I’m excited to see what he does with the material.”
“I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book – and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience,” said Bill Condon.
Condon is well known for writing and directing Dreamgirls, Kinsey, and Gods and Monsters, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1999. He was nominated for a second Oscar for his screenplay for the movie musical Chicago in 2003. Most recently the multi-hyphenate directed the pilot episode for the Showtime series “The Big C” and produced the 81st Annual Academy Awards telecast, hosted by Hugh Jackman.
According to the Herald Sun Christian Serratos, who plays Bella’s friend Angela in the films, was quoted as saying The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn will begin production in October. Christian let the date slip on Monday while she was in Australia for the Twilight convention at Melbourne University.
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Wonder how the hell they’ll handle that birthing scene in the Dread Central forums.