“Eclipse” euphoria fades as Twilight fans look down the long road to “Breaking Dawn”
By Kim Palacios
HollywoodNews.com: With “Eclipse” having released more than one week ago, Twilight fans have gotten their fix. Yet, the end of the wait for “Eclipse” marks the beginning of a long road—that to the release of “Breaking Dawn”. The final film in The Twilight Saga has yet to even begin production, making the lead time between it and “Eclipse” exceptionally long.
Each of the first three films in The Twilight Saga had an in-between wait of one year or less: “Twilight” released in November of 2008; “New Moon” followed in November of 2009, and “Eclipse” arrived shy of eight months later, in June of 2010. Yet, Summit Entertainment announced last month that the first installment of “Breaking Dawn” will not release until November 18th of 2011. That makes for an in-between wait of some eighteen months, not to mention the wait to the second installment of “Breaking Dawn”, which will release at an unnamed date in 2012.
Rumor had it that the “Breaking Dawn” film project took so long to get off the ground due to heated contract negotiations among nearly all parties involved. Secondary actors in particular were known to have played hardball when it came to compensation, and Stephenie Meyer is reputed to have staunchly held on to her rights to creative control.
Yet, did bottlenecks and negotiations jeopardize the film? It’s possible that they did. The longer the time to the next release, the greater the possibility that teen fans will outgrow the franchise. There is also the risk that other fans will lose interest, as history has proven even in other strong franchises. Long lead times between seasons jeopardized other media mega-brands, such as “Lost”.
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