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Dreamgirls Condon Strong Choice to Direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 28, 2010 at 5:39AM

Finally, Summit Entertainment is confirming what we already had heard: that Dreamgirls director and last year's Oscar co-producer Bill Condon will direct the fourth film in the series, Breaking Dawn. This is by far the trickiest--and thickest-- of the four Stephenie Meyer novels, and the film world has been watching with bated breath for any news, posting stories on directors who were under consideration, much less hired. Summit is not confirming whether or not the novel will be adapted into two films or one, or Condon's rumored involvement in a fifth installment.
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Finally, Summit Entertainment is confirming what we already had heard: that Dreamgirls director and last year's Oscar co-producer Bill Condon will direct the fourth film in the series, Breaking Dawn. This is by far the trickiest--and thickest-- of the four Stephenie Meyer novels, and the film world has been watching with bated breath for any news, posting stories on directors who were under consideration, much less hired. Summit is not confirming whether or not the novel will be adapted into two films or one, or Condon's rumored involvement in a fifth installment.

Bad buzz has been swirling around the third film Twilight: Eclipse, directed by David Slade, who lost his editor and had to do reshoots. That film will open June 30. The series has grossed $1.1 billion worldwide to date, so Summit does not want to lose momentum.

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is returning, along with the Twilight star trio Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.  Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, and Stephenie Meyer are producing.

Condon is also a top screenwriter; he was nominated for writing the Oscar-winning Chicago and won the Oscar for adapted screenplay for Gods and Monsters. I'm also a fan of his under-appreciated biopic Kinsey. The question might be, what's in it for Condon? Besides a good payday, every director can use a hit. Lately Condon has been turning. like many smart adults in town, to cable. He directed the pilot episode for the Showtime series The Big C and is developing Tilda, series inspired by Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke, set to star Diane Keaton.

Summit is lucky to have him.

This article is related to: Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Independents, In Production, Twilight, Sequel, Romance, Rob Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Summit


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.