New Images from TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2; Plus Bill Condon Talks Runtime and the Film’s Finale

     August 28, 2012

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The Twilight film franchise will finally come to a close this November with the series’ concluding chapter, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.  The film’s release comes with some added behind-the-scenes drama, but Twilight fans are likely just excited to see how Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson bring the franchise to an end.  A couple new images from the film have landed online, along with some quotes from director Bill Condon about the movie.  He reveals how long the film will be, talks about visualizing the Bella/Edward spawn Renesemee’s powers, and teases the film’s climax.  Hit the jump to check out the photos and Condon quotes.

robert-pattinson-twilight-breaking-dawn-part-2Speaking with MTV, Condon revealed that he’s currently mixing and color timing the film as well as adding “that last big bunch of visual effects shots.”  Currently, the film is running at just under two hours:

“The running time is one hour and 56 minutes, one minute shorter than the first one and as such, I think the shortest of all of them.”

The director was asked if there was anything that he’s come to love now that he’s seeing the film on the big screen, and Condon spoke briefly about the film’s finale:

“There’s a lot of that. I would say the whole climax, I feel like it’s the biggest musical number I’ve ever directed. It does feel, when you finally get the rhythm of that right, it makes it, I hope, very satisfying.”

kristen-stewart-robert-pattinson-twilight-breaking-dawn-part-2Condon, of course, directed the 2006 musical Dreamgirls and wrote the screenplay for 2002’s Chicago, so he has experience with choreographed sequences involving a lot of people.  Though the finale is certainly an important part of the film, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also showcases some new vampire powers, especially those of the child Renesemee.  The director spoke a bit about how her powers will be portrayed onscreen:

“Her power, she touches somebody and she can show them what’s in her head and that you develop. There are some visual things, but a lot of that is done through Carter Burwell’s score, but then just recently in the mixing Dane Davis, who is a brilliant sound designer, he did The Matrix and so many other movies, he had her just speak and read poetry and things like that, and he’s turned it into hundreds of tracks. You don’t actually hear words but it becomes the chattering of her [voice], it’s a very abstract effect that I’ve never heard before. It’s really cool.”

As I understand it, Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is a difficult adaptation to pull off given that it deals directly with love between a young man and a child and has a rather anti-climactic conclusion.  Author Stephenie Meyer and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg have cooked up a new, different ending for the film, so fans are surely eager to see how the film franchise concludes when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens on November 16th.

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