Bill Condon Emerges as the Frontrunner to Direct Both Parts of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN

     April 7, 2010

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Director Bill Condon (Kinsey, Dreamgirls) is Summit Entertainment’s top choice to helm both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  We reported last month that the studio was looking at award-winning filmmakers to take on the last chapter in the series, with Condon’s name being mentioned alongside Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Gus Van Sant (Milk), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), and Fernando Mierelles (City of God).  Deadline is now reporting that Condon is Summit’s number one pick for the job and that he would put his next project, an adaptation of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen on hold to shoot both parts of Breaking Dawn back-to-back.

I know Condon shouldn’t waste his time on this movie, but perhaps it will give him put him in more demand when these movies gross 1.2 bajillion dollars.  Like all the other directors rumored for the gig, he’s much better than the material (and Breaking Dawn has the least positive reception among the books), but I’ll take anything that might make these movies more bearable.

Hit the jump for the official synopsis for Breaking Dawn.

Twilight Breaking Dawn book.jpgHere’s the official synopsis [via Amazon] for Breaking Dawn:

When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options. How could you run, how could you fight, when doing so would hurt that beloved one? If your life was all you had to give, how could you not give it? If it was someone you truly loved?

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife have led her to the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or to pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fates of two tribes hangs.

Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating, and unfathomable, consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella’s life–first discovered in Twilight, then scattered and torn in New Moon and Eclipse–seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed… forever?

The astonishing, breathlessly anticipated conclusion to the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.

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