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'Breaking Dawn' Director Bill Condon Talks to 'Twilight' Fans

Bill Condon Lets 'Twilight' Fans Know What's Up on Facebook


Bill Condon photo director of Breaking Dawn

Bill Condon at the 24th Annual ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 11, 2009.

Photo by Vince Bucci / Getty Images
May 2, 2010 - Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon realizes he's not the most obvious choice to helm a teen vampire movie, but he's doing his best to reassure Twilight fans he knows what they want and will be striving to deliver a solid fourth Twilight movie. And he definitely is keeping a sense of humor about him as he approaches the job of tackling the final chapter in the Twilight saga, tacking this P.S. onto his Facebook message:

"P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers"

Fair enough. But for answers #2 and #3, I'd like to know how he and the studio plan on bringing to life the central character of the Breaking Dawn book and how they'll manage to pull off the pivotal scenes without getting slapped with an R rating. Hopefully those questions will be answered soon, but for now here's Condon's message to fans posted on the film series' official Facebook page:

"Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.

Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon"

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