February 11, 2010

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According to Deadline, Summit Entertainment has officially decided to adapt Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in Stephanie Meyer’s The Twilight Saga, into two separate films, which will be shot back to back. This decision has been rumored for a while now and given the novel’s 756-page length, it makes sense from a creative standpoint.  And obviously, it makes sense financially; with the record-breaking box-office bows of the first two, why wouldn’t they want to squeeze as many flicks as they can out of the source material?

The next step for Summit will be finding a director to handle the apparently more mature (and at-times downright gross) territory that’s delved into with this entry in the series. Originally, they had their sights set on New Moon helmer Chris Weitz, but he had other ideas…something about gardening or retirement or something. Per Deadline, the studio’s now looking for someone “high-end” to take the reigns. Series screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is currently in the process of penning the Dawn scripts, with filming slated to begin in October.

  • Elizabeth

    It makes no sense from a creative standpoint. yeah it's 756 pages but ~300 pages is preparing for the big battle where they end up just talking it out. This is purely milking this saga for every penny.

  • Corin Prendiville

    Don't worry, nobody actually believes that this film has a “creative standpoint,” the standpoint has a lot more to do with money and giving young girls a chance to orgasm to another Twilight film.

    As far as I am concerned Twilight Saga is synonymous with Cash Cow, because they both mean entirely the same thing. Twilight just happens to be dressed in a skirt.

  • David

    I think your being generous saying that just 300 pages were unnecessary. I'd say that the book was 756 pages too long and I'd even say that the series was 2,460 pages too long.

    Summit is obviously responding to the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Hobbit are both going to be two-part movies, but the difference is they actually have two movies worth of story to tell. A 10 minute overview is too long for the source material of Breaking Dawn.

    I keep waiting for this horrible fad to die off, and Summit is making it increasingly difficult.

  • ginny

    I just want to say you got this story before most of the twi-fan sites. Love it, hate it or don't care your still reading this story. Good job Collider!

  • Ante

    I think it is a good thing since the other 2 movies have cut out quite a few important parts present in the book (fingers crossed for Eclipse!).. I mean, New Moon the movie has been quite a big disappointment in that sense, the end is just so superficial and… ridiculous!
    They want to make money, let them do so with two movies then – after all IT IS business – as soon as the outcome is a decent and appropriate one!

  • Alexis

    If you don't like Twilight, get over it. No one cares if you think that it's stupid to make it into 2 movies. If you don't like it, then just ignore it.

  • Alexis

    If you don't like Twilight, get over it. No one cares if you think that it's stupid to make it into 2 movies. If you don't like it, then just ignore it.

  • Jessica

    I think it was a good choice and I see alot of post here about hating it. If you hate it so much why are you bothering to post about it. I think it deserve two films not because of the fight sence or when they just talk it out, but more about all of the characters who show up in this book. You can’t cram that into one movie.