Money talks in Hollywood and Summit Entertainment will be following in the path of "The Hobbit" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by bringing "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" in two parts.
That’s right folks, "The Twilight Saga" will stand at least five films strong.
One of the hurdle’s in making this happen is bringing back all of the key cast members since they were only contracted for four movies (that and re-negotiating with Meyer). We can assume that they’ll each be getting massive paydays for this but Summit doesn’t care; they can make these films fast and cheap and make a ton of cash very easily to pay them. Heck, "New Moon" broke the records for largest single-day sales and Friday opening.
Melissa Rosenberg has been working on the script for "Breaking Dawn" and now must work on making two, with the first having some sort of appropriate semi-conclusion or cliffhanger/lead-in into part two.
The movies will be shot back-to-back in October for the obvious reasons of saving time and money and getting them out as fast as possible. Summit is apparently looking for a “high-end” director to conclude the series so don’t expect directors of any of the previous installments to return.
The question that still remains for Summit to answer is who will be directing the close of the series. No hints at any possibilities yet, but they are said to be looking at "high-end" directors.
I have to say that I'm looking forward to the end of "The Twilight Saga," not simply because it will be over and we can stop hearing about it (at least until they reboot it in a couple years), but rather because I hear the final book is absolutely nuts and practically adaptation repellent, and I can't wait to see what a disaster it will be.
A major concern in adapting "Breaking Dawn" is the challenge of the novel's graphic and adult content. Here's some MAJOR SPOILERS as to what happens in the plot:
"Bella and Edward finally get married and can now have sex, however Edward is scared to do so because he is super strong and is afraid of hurting her. Eventually Bella wears him down and, believe it or not, is knocked unconscious and left badly bruised after their first session, which even leaves the headboard destroyed. She still goes back for seconds, gets knocked up (by an undead vampire) and the ensuing pregnancy becomes incredibly painful as a result of the speed the baby is growing as its powerful kicks break her ribs and sever her spine. This leads Edward to give Bella an emergency C-section with his teeth before turning her into a vampire to save her life with super-healing undead-vampire powers.
Sounds exciting right? Well, apparently Jacob, the werewolf played by Taylor Lautner, falls in love with Bella's baby (like actual love) and can't stand to be away from it and visits everyday. I have asked a friend if this last part is actually true because it is so ridiculous and she confirms saying they have a "connection" and Jacob gets extremely protective of Renesmee. Oh, did I forget to say that was the baby's name? It's okay, sounds about right doesn't it? Bella. Edward. Renesmee. Okay, maybe not. I guess they weren't looking in the big book of baby names for their little one."
You can stop laughing now.
Just how much of this will we see and who will step up to direct such insanity? Extreme camp like this could actually be entertaining and I'm sure we'll know soon enough as Summit has taken to churning these things out as fast as they can. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" finished principal photography before "New Moon" even hit theaters and is already set for release on June 30. I know you just can't wait...
Summit’s only issue with their future plans of the "Twilight" franchise was the lack of source material to build from. This is one solution to get an extra feature out of it and after that it’ll be up to spin-offs.
Now that we know its two movies, the next step is to get both of them in 3D, right?
Expect both parts of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" to release in 2011.
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" comes out June 30 of this summer.
More news to come! Catch ya' later!
Sources: Rope of Silicon, First Showing, Screen Rant