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What You Need to Know About 'Breaking Dawn'

Inside the Romantic Vampire Movie 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is the fourth book of the blockbuster vampire/werewolf Twilight series and will be split into two films. The fourth and fifth films wind up the love story, unveiling what ultimately happens between recent high school graduate Bella (Kristen Stewart) and the handsome 100+ year old Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Breaking Dawn also finds Jacob (Taylor Lautner) falling in love with a very unlikely female companion.

Opening Dates: November 18, 2011 and November 16, 2012

1. 'Breaking Dawn' Filming News and Budget Info

Taylor Lautner as Jacob, Kristen Stewart as Bella and Robert Pattinson as Edward photo from Eclipse
A scene from 'Eclipse' © Summit Entertainment
Production on Breaking Dawn parts 1 and 2 is expected to take place between October 2010 and December 2010 (depending on the schedules of the film's lead actors). The budget for part one, before it was officially announced as two films, was believed to be around $75 million, the largest budget of the Twilight franchise. Director Catherine Hardwicke tackled the first film, Twilight, with just a measly $37 million. The Twilight Saga: New Moon director Chris Weitz had $50 million, and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade (Hard Candy), had an estimated budget of $65 million.

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'

Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart photo from Eclipse
A scene from 'Eclipse' © Summit Entertainment
Breaking Dawn Fast Facts:
  • 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.
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