Full Press Release: Stephenie Meyer Named as Producer

At this time we still don’t know if it will be one or two movies. The Lexicon staff is betting on two films, because we feel there is enough material as cited by Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg.  Assuming it is two movies, and assuming they film from late October 2010 until mid spring 2012we are figuring on a Thanksgiving or Christmas 2011 release on the first and a July 2012 release on the second.  Please note these dates are conjecture on our part based on previous experience and not insider info.

The other EXCITING news is that Stephenie Meyer has been named as one of the films producers. This would indicate a greater level of creative control, which most fans (we believe) would say is a good thing. See the full press release below.

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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.

The third film in the franchise, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is due in theaters on June 30, 2010.

Comments

  1. I like Steph but I am unhappy with this news. She is being controlling and I assume it’s so she can force things to be just her way. However, the movie really needs some changes. It is going to look so gross if she forces them to have Jacob imprint on a baby Renesmee! It’s already hard to swallow in the book but on screen it’s just not okay to show. Perverts may like it and use it to justify their evil behavior. I’m very worried about this news.

    • I totally agree with you about the imprinting. Its easier to take in print because it was built up and presented well, but they won’t be able do that in the movie.

      It makes me think of The Time Traveler’s Wife. It never occurred to me how creepy it was for an adult man to hang out with a child (where he appears naked even) in a field until I saw it on the “big screen”…

    • I totally agree with the whole controlling thing!

    • Twilibrarian says:

      You just don’t get the whole imprinting thing, do you. It is not perverted, nor will it attract perverts. Jacob will be whatever it is that Renesmee chooses for him to become for her. As a child, he is her protector and guide. As she ages, she may or may not choose him as a mate. Jacob has no control over the imprinting, and will do whatever Renesmee chooses for him to do. Nothing perverse at all. It’s called UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!

  2. I’m happy she’s producing. But very disappointed that bill condon is directing. I wanted Chris Weitz to do BD.

  3. missbluejuju says:

    The director? Meh. We’ll see.

    Stephenie co-producing BD? Um, no please. While I think that it would’ve been great to have her produce the other movies, I want her far away from this one. This is probably going to sound really b*t*hy, but yeah, she did enough damage writing the thing to begin with, IMO.

    (Obviously I’m not a fan of BD. That’s just me though.)

    • Sorry you feel that way. She is the author and authors don’t cater to fans. She wrote the story she wanted to write and she was please with it. Those are her characters she created them and she has the right to write what she pleases. I admire her. She is a very strong-will lady who fought for what she wanted and got it with BD. No one has the right to tell her what she can’t or should not write.

      • missbluejuju says:

        I’m glad that she wrote what she set out to write.

        I just didn’t like how it turned out.

        TGFFanfic. (And TGF-the universe she created for the fanfic writers to play in.)

        No need to white knight.

    • I completely agree with you missbluejuju!

  4. I’m so excited! I really hope they do it in two movies!! Don’t really want to wait that long to see it but I don’t think one movie can do it justice!!!

  5. I’d like only 1 movie, don’t think there’s enough for 2 without dragging BUT …

    BD has all this chapters from Jacob’s view. What if – now that they have SM on the team – they also integrated Midnight Sun? That would make a filler for 2 movies.

    • HOW do they integrate Midnight Sun into Breaking Dawn?

      • Flashbacks! e.g.: Wedding: Edward remembering seeing Bella for the first time. The hole “conversion” scene. After all Bella isn’t moving a muscle according to the book. Yes, they’ve to convey that she is burning and in pain, but you cant’t do that for too long. Isle Esme: Edward beats himself up for hurting Bella: Flashback how he endangered her live before. Finding out about Bella beeing a “Shield”: Flashback how it aggravated him not beeing able to read her mind, and so on. Certainly you couldn’t use all of MS but after all the movies never focused on Jessica’s not so stellar nature or that Edward helped getting Angela and Ben together (who isn’t even in the movie. MS fills/clears some holes in the story, it could do the same for the movies. And after all it is a bit curious that the story is told from Bella’s view, Jacob’s but you never get it from Edward’s side. For me it would round out the final movie/s.

  6. If Stephenie Meyer is a producer, she stands to reap a incredible amount of money if the film is successful because as a producer, she would get a percentage of the gross not a fixed payment like the actors and writers. Hence, I think that although Breaking Dawn was terrible and the films should have stopped at Eclipse, it’s in her best interests to make the film as good as possible.

  7. Its brilliant to have the actual writer of the adapted book totally working on the film but with this I’m thinking Stephenie is there to just censor the whole thing I mean if Edward and Bella kissing in Twilight was too ‘steamy’ ….?

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