It’s official. Bill Condon, the high-quality Academy-Award-winning director of Chicago, Dreamgirls, Kinsey and Gods and Monsters, has agreed to take on the task of directing The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the final chapter in Stephenie Meyer’s literary saga about dreamy glittery vampires and hunky werewolf boys starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner.
“I’m so thrilled that Bill wants to work with us. I think he’s going to be a great fit, and I’m excited to see what he does with the material,” Meyer said in the press release. Condon himself said “I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen. As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book – and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience.”
This is an interesting move and quite a coup for the Twilight folks, and it fits with the notion many fans of the series have about the final book in the series – namely, the fact that it was a very different kind of book than the previous three were, and went in some rather disturbing directions. The book caused a sharp divide among fans, and perhaps they realized they needed someone with proven talent and artistic merit to navigate the rough waters of being crowd-pleasing and deep at the same time, which Condon has done wiht his Oscar-nominated musical extravaganzas – not to mention that Condon does have some experience with creature movies, as Gods and Monsters was the story of James Whale, director of the classic Frankenstein movies.
Curiously omitted from the press release, however, is any mention of the notion that Breaking Dawn would be split into two films just like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
The third installment in the series is The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, due out in theaters on June 30.