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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1

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Links to the threads on the book and film versions of Twilight (2008), as well as the film versions of The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2011).

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Twilight filming set to go south

Vancouver may be moving out of the Twilight zone – and not by choice.

The city has served as the location for two films in the wildly popular Twilight series, including The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which opens in theatres Thursday, and the third instalment, Eclipse, which wrapped production last month. Based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer, they're about a teenage girl and the vampire she falls for.

But the talk is that Breaking Dawn, the fourth film in the series, will be shot south of the border. . . .

Money has moved Twilight before. The first film was slated to be filmed in B.C., but moved to Oregon after the Canadian dollar shot up to its all-time high in late 2007.

“In the course of 48 hours, they moved the show, just on the basis of that. That's how fast stuff can happen in this business,” says Neal Clarance, a Vancouver-based media and entertainment specialist at Ernst & Young. “Now our dollar is scrambling back up again and getting close to par and so I'm sure that's taken some of the cost advantage [b.C. has] away from us.” . . .

Globe and Mail, November 18

Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Eclipse Darker? Breaking Dawn on Hold? Suits Speak!

As for whether that would be one final movie or two: "I don't know. The book can either be simplified or stay intact. It's a longer book than the previous three; it's hard to tell what they'll do. I'm looking forward to the surprise!"

B.D. most definitely will happen, we can assure you. Plus, we know that Rosenberg is already signed on to pen the screenplay for the "Breaking Dawn films," as insiders refer to them.

Most likely, the holdup is Rob, Kristen and newly important Taylor. If they are up to making two more movies, the studio won't miss out on the opportunity to cash in double-time, trust. But from what we're hearing, they have so far only agreed to one more after Eclipse.

Ted Casablanca and Taryn Ryder, E! Online, November 20

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Summit Ponders Twilight Finale

Sources said Summit has so far only gone as far as setting scribe Melissa Rosenberg--who wrote the first three films--to finish the series, but Summit has to clear several hurdles before telling Rosenberg if she should write one scripts or two.

Among those hurdles is figuring out whether “New Moon” director Chris Weitz will respond favorably to overtures from the film company and the cast to return and shoot two more films, back to back.

Summit execs would not comment, but multiple sources said that the film company wants to go the two-film route, which means re-opening negotiations and getting approval from the author. It also means making new deals with a principal cast that is only locked up for four films. If “Breaking Dawn” becomes two pictures, all of the key cast members will get fat raises, and the three principals—Rob Pattinson, Kristin Stewart and Taylor Lautner—could land eight-figure paydays.

Variety, November 30

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Summit Ponders Twilight Finale

Sources said Summit has so far only gone as far as setting scribe Melissa Rosenberg--who wrote the first three films--to finish the series, but Summit has to clear several hurdles before telling Rosenberg if she should write one scripts or two.

Variety, November 30

Why? Not that I have ANY stock in this series, but I ask the same question of The Hobbit and the final Harry Potter. Why extend the film versions past the literary installment president? OK, I know the answer. But even looking at it from a monetary viewpoint, won't demand be higher for limited product? Sure, you might receive a high figure return on investment on initial release, but long term? Hollywood needs to make a modern day version of the turtle and the hare fable - and mean it.

Edited by Darryl A. Armstrong

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Darryl A. Armstrong wrote:

: Why extend the film versions past the literary installment president? OK, I know the answer. But even looking at it from a monetary viewpoint . . .

FWIW, the Harry Potter producers, at least, have said that they wanted to film the entire novel and not do the ultra-compression on that film that they had to do on the last three films (or four, if we count Prisoner of Azkaban). And I can kind of respect that argument, given that I have been saying from Day One that each book should have been adapted as a mini-series rather than a single stand-alone two-and-a-half-hour movie (or shorter). It isn't the ONLY reason they're splitting the book into two films, of course, but it's a legitimate reason.

In the case of Breaking Dawn, on the other hand ... well, if half of what I'm hearing about the book is true, I'm surprised they'd want to adapt ANY of it, really, much less ALL of it. The funny thing is, if memory serves, the fourth book hadn't even come out yet when the studio signed all these actors to four-movie deals ... so nobody really knew what they were in for. (The final book came out in August of last year, according to Amazon.com, and the first movie had finished principal photography the previous April, according to the IMDb.)

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Nikki Finke says it's definite and Breaking Dawn WILL be split into two films; meanwhile, MTV Movie News says nope, nope, the studio says there's nothing to see here.

Well gosh. The last time MTV took dictation from a studio in order to rebut a story that had hit the blogs, it concerned the claim that Spider-Man 4 had been put on indefinite hold. And in that case, the blogs were eventually proved right and MTV was proved wrong.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter says the studio is thinking of making these films -- what else? -- 3D. Oy vey.

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I haven't read Breaking Dawn, but having read the spoilers...I'm legitimately curious as to how they even could make it into a movie. It seems to have some some truly mind melting stuff.

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Is Bill Condon About To Sink Fangs Into `Twilight Saga's' Two Final Segments?

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Condon has emerged as the number one choice to direct the final two installments of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, I’m told. Summit Entertainment hasn’t signed him, but I’m told that after several strong meetings, they are negotiating. Condon was among a list of A-list directors approved by Summit and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. That list included Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Fernando Meirelles. Shooting will begin in the fall, and I heard the plan is to shoot two films back to back. . . .

Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, April 7

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Is Bill Condon About To Sink Fangs Into `Twilight Saga's' Two Final Segments?

EXCLUSIVE: Bill Condon has emerged as the number one choice to direct the final two installments of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, I’m told. Summit Entertainment hasn’t signed him, but I’m told that after several strong meetings, they are negotiating. Condon was among a list of A-list directors approved by Summit and Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. That list included Gus Van Sant, Sofia Coppola and Fernando Meirelles. Shooting will begin in the fall, and I heard the plan is to shoot two films back to back. . . .

Mike Fleming, Deadline.com, April 7

awww ... you mean it isn't going to be M. Night Shyamalan?

Gotta admit. Some of the book reviews for Breaking Dawn were pretty funny.

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It's Official: Condon to helm 'Twilight' pic

Summit Entertainment has closed its deal with helmer Bill Condon to close out the "Twilight" saga.

Condon had been in negotiations for several weeks to direct "Breaking Dawn" -- the final tome in author Stephenie Meyer's four-book vampire series. The deal was expected to close quickly, with no major sticking points between the two sides.

Summit made the official announcement Wednesday.

"I'm very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen," Condon said in a statement. "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."

Condon's credits include writing and directing "Dreamgirls," "Kinsey" and "Gods and Monsters." He also penned the screenplay for "Chicago." He recently directed the pilot episode for the Showtime series "The Big C" and produced the 81st Annual Academy Awards telecast.

Summit has not yet announced if "Breaking Dawn," which marks the last chapter in the love story of bloodsucker Edward and mortal Bella, will be broken into two films although it's widely expected to do so. . . .

Variety, April 28

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Funny you should mention that. I just saw this in today's Chicago Sun Times.

Passion has its perks. Just ask Maria Mele, 36, of Naperville and her family. They're all unabashedly passionate fans of author Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" novels about a forbidden love between a vampire and a young girl and the movies made from them.

"At home, we're constantly watching the movies," said Mele, who -- only half jokingly -- insists that members of her extended family declare their own passion for the Twilight saga before they get invited to gatherings at her home.

All of this passion netted the Mele family a personal visit Tuesday from "Twilight" movie star Robert Pattinson -- courtesy of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Pattinson's arrival was heralded by a TV camera that Mele saw suspiciously peeking through the window of her living room Tuesday night, just as she thought she was setting up her computer to do a Skype interview with Winfrey about her love for the ''Twilight'' saga.

When the Meles opened the door to find out what was going on, Pattinson himself and an entourage of about a dozen people and several TV cameras burst into the house...

For Maria Mele and her clan (husband Sam, 36, daughter Rossana, 13, and sons Michael, 10, and Guiseppe, 15, and Pasquale, 18 months) the shock of seeing Pattinson in the flesh in their own home was overwhelming.

"It took all of us a couple of minutes just to compose ourselves," said Mele...

It happened a few days ago about 15 miles away. Should I have tried to get an autograph?

Edited by Persona

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Salary dispute holding up 'Twilight 5' announcement

EXCLUSIVE: Summit Entertainment is working furiously to close the talent deals required to split Stephenie Meyer's fourth "Twilight" novel into two films. But an unlikely roadblock is holding up an announcement -- and could even lead to cast changes for the series' final installment.

The studio is close to finalizing agreements with leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, all of whom will get big raises to return for a fifth installment of the vampire romance saga. And director Bill Condon is already signed to film two "Breaking Dawn" movies, which would be shot back-to-back starting in the fall and released in November 2011 and summer 2012, respectively.

But Summit is having a harder time locking in some of the franchise's secondary characters. Deals for Peter Facinelli (who plays Carlisle Cullen) and Billy Burke (Bella's father, Charlie Swan) are done, but we're told the actors who play the Cullen kids (especially Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene) are trying to sink their teeth into bigger paydays that, at least at this point, the studio behind the billion-dollar franchise is unwilling to provide. "We may have a situation where one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point," says a source close to the dealmaking. . . .

Summit also is eyeing another cost-cutting measure for the final installments. A deal is currently being negotiated to move the production to Louisiana (the first was shot in Portland and the second two in Vancouver and Italy). Luring "Twilight" would be a huge "get" for the state -- and, given the tax credits, a money-saver for the studio.

"Twilight" has thus far been the rare tentpole franchise made on a non-tentpole budget. It'll be interesting to see the lengths that Summit will go to to keep it there. . . .

Hollywood Reporter, May 10

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'Twilight' screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg talks Kristen Stewart, Bill Condon and 'Breaking Dawn'

Last week, official word came from Summit Entertainment that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" will come to the big screen as two films. Now what?

Major cast deals are signed, Bill Condon has set his directorial wheels in motion, and the world has "Eclipse" to snack on while massive preparation gets underway for "Dawn" Parts 1 and 2.

We got to chat with the woman at the eye of the vampire storm, screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, midway through her adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's final book. . . .

MoG: Speaking of which, [spoiler alert!] fans are crazy over Bella losing her virginity, the graphic birth of her and Edward's child, and her vampire transformation. Any idea how you'll handle such serious imagery?

MR: On the fan site, on Facebook, all the comments are "It has to be R rated! You have to show the childbirth! Gore and guts and sex!" For me it's actually more interesting to not see it. You know, you can do childbirth without seeing childbirth ... it doesn't mean it's any less evocative of an experience. . . .

Los Angeles Times, June 14

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Well, one has hope that they may inspire people towards reading in that case. As badly written as the books are (I have only read the first one but assume the rest follow suit), at least it is a start for some people.

Personally, I quite enjoy the films. I think they are more tongue in cheek than people give them credit for. Also, they look amazing.

Edited by gigi

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Robert Pattinson, via WENN:

"The wedding scene's funny because we used a real priest. So technically we are already married because he did all the things you would do in a normal ceremony. So we don't have a civil union in law, but I guess in the church we are actually married."

Which denomination performs ceremonies for vampires, I wonder?

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Robert Pattinson, via WENN:

"The wedding scene's funny because we used a real priest. So technically we are already married because he did all the things you would do in a normal ceremony. So we don't have a civil union in law, but I guess in the church we are actually married."

Um, no. There is a little thing called intent.

Which denomination performs ceremonies for vampires, I wonder?

Heh.

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