After months of speculation, anticipation and rumor, it's official: Bill Condon will direct "Breaking Dawn."
Summit Entertainment confirmed the "Dreamgirls" filmmaker as the latest director to join the franchise on Wednesday (April 28), ending several months of rumored names that included Gus Van Sant and Sofia Coppola.
"I'm very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life onscreen," Condon — an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who wrote and directed the 1998 drama "Gods and Monsters" — said in a statement. "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."
Perhaps most intriguing about the Summit press release, however, is the avoidance of any mention about whether "Breaking Dawn" will be split into two movies. Despite longstanding rumors that Stephenie Meyer's novel will indeed be split for the screen "Harry Potter"-style, the press release continually refers to Condon's "Breaking Dawn" as if it were one film.
While referring to "Breaking Dawn" in the singular, the release says the film "illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions." Asked for comment by MTV News, a rep for Summit said that any statement on one or two films is "not official. We do not have any confirmation on that front."
Erik Feig, president of production and acquisitions for Summit Entertainment, had the following to say about Condon's appointment: "Bringing Stephenie Meyer's 'Breaking Dawn' to the screen requires a graceful and intelligent hand, and we believe Bill Condon is exactly the right steward, having shown equal and abundant talents of immense creativity and subtle sensitivity."
Series author Meyer echoed those sentiments. "I'm so thrilled that Bill wants to work with us," she said in the statement. "I think he's going to be a great fit, and I'm excited to see what he does with the material."
When MTV News recently caught up with series star Ashley Greene, she said she's eager to see the "Twilight" series filtered through the lens of Condon, whose "Dreamgirls" is one of the most acclaimed musicals of the past decade. "I think if he were to direct, I'd be right there in his ear going, 'So, you know, I used to dance and I can sing.' I definitely wouldn't mind doing a musical. It's one of the things I definitely plan on doing [in my film career]."
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