Months before the release of the most anticipated third book on Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Summit Entertainment confirmed that Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is in final negotiations to direct fourth book/film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
“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.”, Condon said.
The script is being written now, by no other than Melissa Rosenberg with stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner returning.
Condon won an Oscar for the screenplay of his 1999 film “Gods and Monsters.” He also directed “Dreamgirls” and “Kinsey” and produced the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony with Hugh Jackman as host.
Rosenberg assured fans that Breaking Dawn will in fact be rated PG-13, despite concerns over the risque nature of some of its plot elements– Although Bill Condon is no stranger to handling adult material,don’t expect him to deliver anything but two more teenager-friendly Twilight films.
Summit has also confirmed that Condon will be directing both installments of Breaking Dawn. Here’s the press release:
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.”
The third film in the series based on Stephenie Meyer’s books, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” is set to come out June 30.