Posted on Saturday, May 1st, 2010 by Russ Fischer
So we’ve got Oscar-winner Bill Condon directing Breaking Dawn, the final stretch of The Twilight Saga, which may be one film or may yet be split into two. Today Condon published a note to Twilight fans via Facebook, more or less as a way of saying ‘hello.’
The first thing I noticed about this note was a generally innocuous comment describing the affect of all the Twilight material he’s been accumulating and ingesting: ” a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic.” In other words, he totally gets what Twilight is all about!
Most of his comments are pretty straightforward and don’t reveal much about what he’s got planned for the film, but there’s one line that you can possibly read as a confirmation that the story will be split into two films: “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.” Does ‘these movies’ mean the series as a whole, or Breaking Dawn specifically? Oh, wait, most of you probably don’t care. Ok, as you were, then.
I won’t reprint the full note — you can hit the link above to read it all — but here’s what may be the most salient bits:
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.