Bill Condon to direct Twilight’s “Breaking Dawn”
By Kim Palacios
Summit Entertainment announced to fans this morning, via press release on the official Twilight Facebook page, that director Bill Condon has been chosen to lead the filming of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. This news comes amid heavy speculation surrounding details of the secretive film’s production—believed contenders for the role included “New Moon” director Chris Weitz and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant.
“Bringing Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Dawn” to the screen requires a graceful and intelligent hand and we believe Bill Condon is exactly the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense creativity and subtle sensitivity,” said Erik Feig, President of Production and Acquisitions, for Summit Entertainment, according to the aforementioned release.
Added author Stephenie Meyer, “I’m so thrilled that Bill wants to work with us. I think he’s going to be a great fit, and I’m excited to see what he does with the material.”
Though, as today’s news breaks, Condon is being mentioned in conjunction with his directorial references, his largest industry honors have been in the realm of writing as well as directing. In 1999, he won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for “Gods and Monsters” (which he also directed), and was nominated again in 2003 in the same category for “Chicago” (which he did not direct). Other writing nominations include both writer and director nods for his original film, “Kinsey” (2004). Most recently he has won accolades for his work writing directing the hit film “Dreamgirls”(2006).
In the case of “Breaking Dawn”, Melissa Rosenberg will write, and Bill Condon will only direct.
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