Well, who didn't see this coming? Summit Entertainment announced last week that they would split the fourth Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, into two movies. Hey, Harry Potter did it, so why not make the Twihards happy?
So where will Breaking Dawn 1 end and Breaking Dawn 2 begin? Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg already knows. It's not official, but she's already discussing it with Bill Condon, the director of both films.
[Spoiler alert if you haven't already read Breaking Dawn.]
"Nothing has actually been decided, but the natural split is somewhere between she's human in movie one, she's a vampire [in movie two]," Rosenberg told a group of reporters on June 12 in Beverly Hills, Calif. "She's human and pregnant in one, she's a vampire and a parent in two. Bill Condon has been looking at that from a visual standpoint, so that's a natural. That said, there's a lot of room about where that moment is."
Some of the Twihards weren't happy with Stephenie Meyer's fourth book. Maybe they'll like it better as a movie, or two. "I believe it is filmable, and I believe there is a great story to be told in that," Rosenberg continued. "It was a very bold move, what Stephenie did and where she took her characters. She had them grow up and get married and have children and realize her ultimate potential of becoming a vampire. It was a very bold move. I think it lost some of the audience who wanted to continue the other things, the fantasies and the desire. Now she's got it all, and what do you do with it? So it's a very different kind of movie, I think, and a different kind of story. I think there's definitely material enough for two movies in these books, but there's also, for the first time, a little breathing room. There's room to explore a little bit and to expand. I'm excited about that."
The actors are excited about getting some room to play around in Breaking Dawn, too. Kristen Stewart, who plays human Bella, can't wait to play vampire Bella. "I think she's going to be the coolest vampire out of all of them," Stewart said in a press conference. "She's got the greatest power. She's impenetrable. Nothing can touch her, and I think that literally she can protect the whole clan. She's such a mother, too. I think it'll be awesome to see how much she's changed from Twilight. She's a 17-year-old kid who really doesn't care about whole lot other than herself. To see her become the matriarch will just be really cool."
Robert Pattinson also weighed in on the all important issues surrounding Edward Cullen in the last set of movies. Would he grow back his famous hair, which he's cut for movies he made after Eclipse?
"I'm thinking maybe Edward had a haircut," Pattinson said in a separate press conference. "It might be easier, but yeah, I didn't even think about that when I got it cut. Vampires can cut their hair, though, so I like the idea of Edward having a shaved head in the last one. That might be pretty cool."
With two extra hours to finish the series, Rosenberg also plans to give a lot of attention to the supporting characters of Twilight. "They're very dense with mythology, a lot of characters, a lot of detail," Rosenberg said of the books. "It's just really who do you choose to pull forward. More backstories to come, but there's more and more an expansion of the mythology. All these different characters are being introduced, and Stephenie's developed a really intricate mythology, very detailed, which is why it's so much fun to play in her world."
The first Breaking Dawn movie is due in theaters Nov. 18, 2011, with part two in 2012.