The final chapter of the blockbuster vampire film franchise The Twilight Saga officially has a director! Summit Entertainment made the announcement yesterday that Bill Condon will be taking the reigns of Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
Bill Condon is an Academy-Award-winning director whose resume includes Gods and Monsters (1998) and Dreamgirls (2006). It should be noted that his Academy Award nominations for Gods and Monsters (which he won) and Chicago were both for writing the adapted screenplays and not for directing.
In case you’re wondering what the director of Dreamgirls is doing taking on the supernatural goth romance of Twilight, Condon has cut his chops in the fantasy/sci-fi/horror genre as well, directing Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh in 1995 and writing the screenplay for F/X2 in 1991.
Condon may offer his input on the writing of the film, but the screenplay adaptation duties for Breaking Dawn will officially remain with franchise veteran Melissa Rosenberg.
In a statement issued to Access Hollywood, Condon says, “I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book – and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience.”
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer gave Condon her stamp of approval as well, “I’m so thrilled that Bill wants to work with us,” she says. “I think he’s going to be a great fit, and I’m excited to see what he does with the material.”
Summit offered no clarification on whether or not Breaking Dawn will be split into two movies, as some have speculated due to the plot-heavy nature of the story. There was also no announcement of a release date as of yet.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third Twilight installment, is set to hit US theaters on June 30.
Here is Bill Condon’s directing and writing filmography from wikipedia:
* The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (2011)
* Aaliyah (2011)
* Dreamgirls (2006)
* Kinsey (2004)
* The Others – 1 episode, 2000.
* Gods and Monsters (1998)
* Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
* The Man Who Wouldn’t Die (1994) (TV)
* Dead in the Water (1991) (TV)
* White Lie (1991) (TV)
* Murder 101 (1991) (TV)
* Sister, Sister (1987)
* Dreamgirls (2006) (screenplay)
* Kinsey (2004) (written by)
* Shortcut to Happiness (2003) (screenplay)
* Chicago (2002) (screenplay)
* Gods and Monsters (1998) (screenplay)
* F/X2 (1991)
* Murder 101 (1991) (TV) (written by)
* Sister, Sister (1987)
* Strange Invaders (1983)
* Strange Behavior (1982)