Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Breaking Dawn will start filming in October

Until now there has been no confirmation if the last instalment of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling book series would be filmed.

It is thought the 754-page novel might be split into two feature films along the same lines as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with hopes New Moon director Chris Weitz will return to the helm.

While Serratos’s Eclipse co-stars Gil Birmingham, Daniel Cudmore and Booboo Stewart remained coy about the film’s start date, the actor and sometime model accidentally let the cat out of the bag.

“No word is out yet,” Stewart said, to which Serratos quickly replied “No, October.”

Birmingham, who plays Taylor Lautner’s father Jacob Black, quickly tried to cover up the blunder.

“We could tell you, but we’d have to kill you – like we will Christian,” he said.

Stephenie Meyer will also be a Producer of Breaking Dawn

Los Angeles, CA  April 28, 2010 – Summit Entertainment has confirmed that Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series.  THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg, and will star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.   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.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
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.

Bill Condon will direct Breaking Dawn

So, we’re finally getting around to the end of “The Twilight Saga.” The characters have remained the same and the story continues to stumble towards the end of the tragic tale that is Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight.” While “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” is due in theaters June 30, 2010; the rumors and news bits about “Breaking Dawn” have already begun to spew from their foul depths.

The question is whether or not Bill Condon (“Gods vs Monsters” and “Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh”) will finally put a positive spin on the pockmark that “Twilight” has put on the vampire genre.

“Breaking Dawn is split into three separate parts. The first part details Bella's marriage and honeymoon with Edward, which they spend on a private island off the coast of Brazil. Two weeks into their honeymoon, Bella realizes that she is pregnant and that her condition is progressing at an unnaturally accelerated rate. After contacting Carlisle, who confirms her pregnancy, she and Edward immediately return home to Forks, Washington. Edward, concerned for Bella's life and convinced that the fetus is a monster as it continues to develop with unnatural rapidity, urges her to have an abortion. However, Bella feels a connection with the child and refuses.

The novel's second part is written from the perspective of wolf shape-shifter Jacob Black, and lasts throughout Bella's pregnancy and childbirth. Jacob's Quileute wolf pack, not knowing what danger the unborn child may pose, plan to destroy it, also killing Bella. Jacob vehemently protests this decision and leaves, forming his own pack with Leah and Seth Clearwater. Bella soon gives birth, but the baby breaks many of her bones and she loses massive amounts of blood. In order to save her life, Edward changes her into a vampire by injecting his venom into her heart. Jacob, who was present for the birth, almost immediately "imprints"—an involuntary response in which a shape-shifter finds his soul mate—on Edward and Bella's newborn daughter, Renesmee. This ends the enmity between Jacob and the Cullens, leading Edward and Jacob to regard each other as brothers.

The third section of Breaking Dawn shifts back to Bella's perspective, finding her changed into a vampire and enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina misidentifies Renesmee as an "immortal child", a child who has been turned into a vampire. Because "immortal children" are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens. In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Upon confronting the gathered Cullen allies and witnesses, the Volturi discover that they have been misinformed and immediately execute Irina for her mistake. However, they remain undecided on whether Renesmee should be viewed as a threat to vampires' secret existence. At that time, Alice and Jasper, who had left prior to the confrontation, return with a Mapuche called Nahuel, a 150-year-old vampire-human crossbreed like Renesmee. He demonstrates that the crossbreeds pose no threat, and the Volturi surrender. Edward, Bella and Renesmee return to their home in peace.”


Friday, April 9, 2010

Ashley Greene Gives Her Thoughts On Possible 'Breaking Dawn' Directors

SAUGUS, California — Less than a month after Kristen Stewart confirmed to us the three leading candidates to direct "Breaking Dawn," word has leaked that "Dreamgirls" filmmaker Bill Condon may have emerged as Summit Entertainment's top choice for the final "Twilight" tale.
As Twilighters continue to hold their breath in anticipation of a big announcement likely to come soon, we spoke with another Stephenie Meyer fan who has a more personal stake in the decision: The lovely and talented Ashley Greene. Hard at work these days filming her first starring role in the supernatural thriller "The Apparition," the woman sometimes known as Alice Cullen took a break from shooting to give us her breakdown of the big three "Breaking Dawn" candidates.

"They didn't get to where they are by making mediocre, boring films," Ashley said of her excitement over the names. "I think they would all bring incredible elements to the films, and that's what I think we've been doing the whole time. You've seen such a difference between Catherine [Hardwicke], and then we went to Chris Weitz and then David Slade, and it's progressively getting a little darker.
"They are all incredible directors," she added. "I think we'd be very happy with all of them."
Gus Van Sant: "I became excited about Gus Van Sant not too long ago, because I was reading a script that Bryce Dallas Howard was actually producing [with him called 'Restless']; she was talking to me a little bit about him and the film as a whole," Ashley said of the avant-garde filmmaker behind everything from blockbusters ("Good Will Hunting") to bizarre indie flicks ("My Own Private Idaho"). "I think Gus Van Sant would be pretty amazing."
Sofia Coppola: "In ['Breaking Dawn'] in particular, there's this whole thing about Bella finally just getting to be with Edward and her going through pregnancy and her having a child, and it's a lot of stuff from a female point of view," explained Greene, saying that the "Lost in Translation" filmmaker could inject a welcome return to feminism unseen since Hardwicke left the franchise. "I definitely think that would be kind of cool."
Bill Condon: "I haven't seen ['Gods and Monsters'] ... I actually haven't seen 'Dreamgirls' either," Greene sheepishly admitted of Condon's 1998 and 2006 Oscar-winning masterpieces, joking nonetheless that if he wanted to add some song-and-dance numbers to "Breaking Dawn," she wouldn't complain. "I wouldn't mind; I think if he were to direct, I'd be right there in his ear going, 'So you know, I used to dance and I can sing.' I definitely wouldn't mind doing a musical. It's one of the things I definitely plan on doing [in my film career]."


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Breaking Dawn will be PG-13 accorfing to Melissa Rosenberg

Obviously, I mean screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. We all know that Stephenie Meyer wrote the books. And this is all assuming that Summit Entertainment actually goes ahead and greenlights "Breaking Dawn." Because, you know... they could just cap the series with "Eclipse," right?

Kidding of course. The news is that Rosenberg -- Melissa, not me -- has been talking "Breaking Dawn." And the things she's been saying have been very interesting. Like promising a PG-13 rating for the movie while not sacrificing any of the book's plot points. Idle talk or heartfelt promise? You decide. Check out the full story on