A Smart Note to Twilight Fans from Bill Condon

by Anne Thompson
May 2, 2010 5:36 AM
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Writer-director Bill Condon is a smart cookie. On Saturday afternoon, he posted a note to Twilight fans on Facebook, beginning an engagement with them, letting them know he gets their world as he approached getting started on the final installment(s), Breaking Dawn. One of his tasks is going to be figuring out if he's going forward with one or two movies. Summit has not officially yet made that decision, they tell me. Word is, it's two--Condon turned down another movie for scheduling reasons.

Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.


Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers

[Hat Tip: Slashfilm.]

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8 Comments

  • Becca | May 4, 2010 12:12 PMReply

    First of all for all you nah-sayers why even bother to read the article I mean how assanign is it of you to get on an article that is obviously about Twilight if you don't like Twilight HELLO...I am looking forward to Breaking Dawn and I hope that they wil break it into two movies there is a lot in this book and it would be a shame to have to cut it too short just to fit it in one movie! I also feel like the element of Jacob and Renesme will have to be carefully touched on as it could be misconsrued by the faint hearted...Good Luck to the Director I am sure it will be great but these are some big shoes to fill!

  • zena | May 4, 2010 11:25 AMReply

    My daughter, granddaughter and I have read and re-read the Twilight series and adored them....Breaking Dawn just cried out to be filmed - the last scenes would be spectacular - and the thought that it might not be filled us with horror....please don't ruin our pleasure - let's see the vampire Bella and her Edward surviving the Volturi and becoming a family unit

  • Airea | May 4, 2010 7:14 AMReply

    Unfortunately, since the only goal of these movies is to rake in the cash from screaming fangirls (who'd happily give it up), they're going to have to make the final movie PG. How can you do that without taking out all the blood and guts in BD? Come on.

  • Ryah | May 3, 2010 4:21 AMReply

    Ugh, God forbid he keeps referring to "Twilight" as a true vampire series or even having "Gothic" overtones on top of that. Stephenie Meyer's childish and ill-written series of novels should not be put into the same class as Bram Stoker's iconic work "Dracula" or even Anne Rice's prolific series of vampire novels. Meyer's entire line of work stems from some juvenile, frustrated sexual fantasy that she then passes onto an entire culture's worth of young girls. In short, Stephenie Meyer is the world's most famous Mary-Sue writer. Not even her two main actors (who will forever be branded as Edward and Bella) think that her work is good. Robert Pattinson was quoted as saying her work felt like "something that should never have been published."

  • Sultan Ameer | May 2, 2010 11:07 AMReply

    Another director is happily going to embarrass himself.

  • JP | May 2, 2010 10:12 AMReply

    Jason, you're kind of silly. As the first paragraph of this article clearly states, Bill Condon wrote this on his facebook page. This indiewire article is just reprinting it. So go to facebook and leave your question there. And next time, READ.

  • Jason | May 2, 2010 9:35 AMReply

    Hi Bill, first off congratulations on your new job for Breaking Dawn. I have seen your work with Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce in Dreamgirls and Sir Ian McKellan and Brendan Fraser in Gods & Monsters and both films are extraordinary. All I have to say is be careful with Stephanie's baby, this is her masterpiece. And I guess the question is: When will Summit know if they are going to split the movie? Because Breaking Dawn is kind of long. I have not read it yet. I'm going back to read New Moon before the Eclipse premiere next month. So. That's basically my question and comment. Again congratulations Bill.

  • AJ | May 2, 2010 7:22 AMReply

    I'm a fan of the gothic genre, not so much Twilight, and I find it interesting that someone with as much artistic integrity as Bill Condon is making this film. My only hope is that in making this film/films is that he makes them as subversive as possible to the source material because that's probably the only way to really make a good and interesting film. From what I understand there are several strange elements in Breaking Dawn like a savior all knowing baby that the werewolf falls in love with or something like that. I think there's a lot of potential for surreal imagery ala 2001. So good luck Bill, and remember the only way to make a good Twilight film is to subvert it and what it stands for.

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