BREAKING DAWN now officially two movies
Color me not surprised. After months of speculation, much of it due to the resounding financial success of NEW MOON and the huge amount of ground to cover in its source material, the TWILIGHT series is taking the HARRY POTTER route and slicing its final entry into two films.
BREAKING DAWN's two pieces will be filmed back-to-back, starting this October. Summit Entertainment is apparently still on the hunt for a director, effectively ruling out the possibility of either Chris Weitz (NEW MOON) or David Slade (the upcoming ECLIPSE) returning to the franchise.
Back when this rumor reached a fever pitch in December, I argued my reasons as to why BREAKING DAWN would benefit from a split. I stand by those reasons and can't wait to see, at the very least, when in the narrative we will see the two films break apart. I am also anxious to see how the certifiably off-the-rails portions of the book will be penned and shot - and yes, I am talking about Renesmee Cullen. And the bed-breaking sex. And the birthing scene. And Jacob's imprinting. And the half-dozen other things that will make BREAKING DAWN a cinematic experience not to be forgotten (take that in whichever way you see fit).
ECLIPSE will hit theaters on June 30. Both BREAKING DAWNs will follow in 2011.
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