Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Summit Schedules ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’



With a director firmly locked in for the final adaptation, Summit Entertainment has scheduled a release date for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Twilighters, mark your calendars for November 18, 2011.

The official date puts the Twilight movie in conflict with WB’s Happy Feet 2 in 3D and Disney’s robot fighting movie Real Steel starring Hugh Jackman.

However, Summit has had success on the same weekend with the original Twilight and its follow-up New Moon, so it’s no surprise they’re staking a claim to the pre-Thanksgiving weekend again. It’ll be interesting to see if the other studios reschedule their films to get out of the way of the teen phenomenon or stand their ground and fight it out.

Dreamgirls director Bill Condon was officially signed last week, confirming rumors of an A-list filmmaker finishing the saga. Series author Stephenie Meyer has also stepped into a producer role for the first time.

There has been no word from the studio on whether the fourth and final novel will be split into two films, though Deadline sources say “it will be two pics.” That decision won’t be announced until producers receive a finished script from screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and executives renegotiate the contracts of its talent for the added fifth film. As we previously reported, the series’ stars only signed for four movies, so if Summit wants to milk the series for one more movie they’ll have to pay for it.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson already made a reported $7.5 million salary (plus gross percentages) for this June’s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and 18-year-old Taylor Lautner is becoming increasingly, inexplicably sought after in Hollywood. Their representation will push hard for another pay increase, especially considering how vital they are to the franchise and how badly Summit wants another Twilight movie


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