Summit Entertainment has made it official -- it's splitting the final "Twilight" film in two. Studio announced early Thursday evening that "Breaking Dawn" would be released as two movies, with the first set to open on the previously announced date of Nov. 18, 2011.
Summit didn't disclose the second date. In recent months, Summit has closed its deals for helmer Bill Condon to direct "Breaking Dawn" -- the final tome in author Stephenie Meyer's four-book vampire series -- and for the supporting players to return. It was widely expected that Summit would split "Breaking Dawn," the last chapter in the love story of bloodsucker Edward and mortal Bella, into two films.
Summit gave no other details in the announcement other than disclosing that production on the pics will start in the fall. Catherine Hardwicke helmed the first pic while Chris Weitz directed the second, "New Moon." David Slade was behind the camera for the third, "Eclipse," which opens June 30. Scribe Melissa Rosenberg has adapted each installment and is currently working on the fourth.
Here's the Official word from Summit:
Summit Entertainment confirmed today that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.
The project, based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg with Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt and Stephenie Meyer producing. The TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will start production in the Fall.
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