“Breaking Dawn”, the final chapter in the “Twilight” franchise”, will apparently be shot as two films back-to-back starting in mid-October reports Deadline Hollywood.
The splitting of the final book into two films (like with the “Harry Potter” franchise) has long been rumoured, but this is the first word on an actual date being targeted to begin production.
Summit Entertainment is apparently looking at ‘high-end directors’ presently to helm the feature which scribe Melissa Rosenberg is currently adapting.
No release dates have been mentioned though it’s likely one of two scenarios. The first would be to have Part 1 in June 2011 and Part 2 in November 2011 to release it in the same calendar year, a move that would require post-production to be completed rather quickly.
The other scenario would be Part 1 in November 2011 and Part 2 in June 2012, following a year later in the same release slots as the final “Harry Potter” two-part film (its Nov. 2010 and June 2011).
Update: At present Summit is officially denying the claim, saying the decision is not yet made – “No decision has been made and as we have said all along we are continuing to work with Stephenie Meyer to bring ‘Breaking Dawn’ to the big screen” a studio rep told Coming Soon.