On the eve of Twilight: Eclipse
's press junket this weekend and premiere June 24 at the 7000-seat Nokia Theater at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Summit Entertainment has stated the obvious: that the filming of the fourth book in Stephanie Meyer's Twilight
series, Breaking Dawn
, to be directed by Bill Condon, will be in two parts. The first film is set for November 18, 2011. The cast will return: Three leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, plus Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz. Series writer Melissa Rosenberg is writing it now with a fall shoot planned.
Warner Bros. also split the last lengthy Harry Potter book into two installments. Published in 2008, Breaking Dawn runs 758 pages and resolves, finally, the issue of whether or not Bella Swan becomes a vampire.
Summit is getting maximum mileage out of the announcement as press activity peaks in advance of the Eclipse opening June 30, which will certainly post much-needed boffo opening numbers in the midst of a drowsy summer at the box office. Eclipse clips are below: more images are here. I must say, it all looks very familiar...