Bill Condon Confirmed as Director of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’

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Summit has officially confirmed Dreamgirls director Bill Condon will direct The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn based on the fourth novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, which is currently being written by Melissa Rosenberg, though there is no official announcement the film will be broken up into two parts or release date confirmation. I, however, assume we are looking at a late 2011 release following this year’s release of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which hits theaters on June 30, 2010.

Of course, it has been continually said by Summit’s online mouthpiece the final installment will be broken up into two-parts, but rumors are one thing and if anything, Summit is best at making sure to issue a press release once things are official when it comes to the franchise keeping the studio afloat.

Breaking Dawn will again star Kristen Stewart as the confused vampire lover Bella Swan with a wandering eye for Jacob (Taylor Lautner), a vampire-hating werewolf. The fourth installment follows her path down a crazy series of events I discussed based on what others have said last December and won’t again return to now.

As for the hiring of Bill Condon, it makes far more sense to me than bringing in 30 Days of Night helmer David Slade for Eclipse. The Twilight franchise has its share of action, but it is, at its core, a romance aimed at a female audience and Slade comes off as a director more geared to blood soaked violence than teen-angsty pondering. Condon was one of several directors courted for the role along with the likes of the unlikely, wishful-thinking candidates including Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Stephen Daldry. Of the bunch, Condon was the most likely to sign on.

I am still hoping for one of these installments to interest me the first two did little to entertain, so here’s to hoping Eclipse and Breaking Dawn improve on the boredom on display so far.