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Twilight’s “Breaking Dawn” finally confirmed as a two-movie release

By Kim Palacios

HollywoodNews.com: It’s about time Summit Entertainment let the cat out of the bag about segmenting the last Twilight Saga installment, “Breaking Dawn”. In an official release on the Twilight Facebook web site, Summit just confirmed that “Breaking Dawn” will, indeed, be split into two.

Read the statement, “Summit Entertainment confirmed today that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN will be released as two separate films with the first of the two slated to be released in theatres on November 18, 2011. Academy Award® winner Bill Condon will direct both films starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner along with Billy Burke as Charlie Swan as well as returning members of the Cullen Family including Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Ashley Greene as Alice and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.”

Though the news is no real surprise, fans will appreciate being released from lengthy suspense. The two-film rumor has circulated for upwards of three months. Though Summit announced that contract negotiations for actors were complete (also via the official Twilight Facebook site) more than two weeks ago, they made no comment on how many films there would be at that time.

So, what does this mean? Die-hard fans will appreciate more footage, but two films also means more waiting. Even if the films were shot together, logic would dictate that the final chapter will not release in theaters until 2012.

“Breaking Dawn” was one of the least popular of the Twilight series, despite being at the center of a rather dramatic conclusion. Stephenie Meyer, as producer of the “Breaking Dawn” films may have the chance to redeem herself with the added screenplay length of two films in areas where fans thought the book went wrong.

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About Kim Palacios

Kim Palacios is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant whose epicurean tendencies are matched only by her wanderlust. While not covering food, wine, and luxury travel for her column on Examiner.com, she guest writes for Travel Writers Exchange and a number of other varied-topic blogs. She is quadrilingual and holds an M.B.A. in Finance (neither of which she uses much these days). While not mourning the death of free markets and grumbling about the tax treatment of Californians, she enjoys film, and all things Twilight.

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