Opening Dates: November 18, 2011 and November 16, 2012
1. 'Breaking Dawn' Filming News and Budget Info
Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2 will be the first films of the franchise not to shoot mainly in Canada. Summit confirmed the cast and crew will instead travel to Louisiana to work on Twilight #4 and #5.
2. Behind the Scenes of 'Breaking Dawn'
- A dispute over salaries temporarily threw a wrench into Summit Entertainment's plans to get Breaking Dawn underway in late 2010. Ashley Greene ('Alice') and Kellan Lutz ('Emmett') held out on signing up for Breaking Dawn in order to renegotiate for more money. They eventually came to an agreement with the studio for $1.25 million each.
Chicago screenwriter/Dreamgirls writer & director Bill Condon was named the director of Breaking Dawn on April 28, 2010 which immediately had Twilight fans wondering what Summit was thinking. Condon has no experience with CG creatures and little experience in handling action scenes - two big elements of Breaking Dawn. However, he claimed to be a fan of the franchise and promised to not make Breaking Dawn into a musical in an open letter to Twilight fans penned shortly after he signed up to helm the film.
- Starting with the New Moon press tour, there was speculation Summit Entertainment would break Breaking Dawn up into two movies. Meyer's book is crammed with romance and action, and paring down her 756 pages of Bella, Edward, and Jacob activities to one film might have Twilight fans crying foul over parts left out. On June 10, 2010 Summit finally made it official - Breaking Dawn is going to be split in two, and the cast and director Bill Condon are locked in.