'Breaking Dawn' Release Date Official, Duology Plans Remain Unconfirmed

November 18, 2011.

That's when Twilighters will flock to movie theaters for what could be the last time. Summit has confirmed to MTV the news that "Breaking Dawn," the final chapter in Stepehenie Meyer's "Twilight" series is due for release in November '11. Interestingly, there's still no official word on whether it will be one or two movies. Deadline cites "Summit sources" as saying that it's a two-parter, and that recently revealed director Bill Condon is locked in for both.

I'll admit, I'm surprised by the news. "Breaking Dawn" is expected to shoot towards the end of this year, which makes a summer '11 release a possibility. While it makes sense that the studio would choose to be careful with its most popular franchise, I can't help but feel like the year-and-a-half gap between "Eclipse" and "Breaking Dawn" will only serve to cool the hysteria surrounding the franchise.

Fan support obviously won't just disappear, but "Eclipse" bears the markings of a more mass audience-friendly outing than either of the movies that came before it. I am neither hater nor fan, but I thought the second trailer in particular was especially effective at appealing to a wider audience. Hell, I'm excited to see it now.

Then again, I've not read the books. So I'll ask you fans: is "Breaking Dawn" a shift away from the apparently increased focus on action in "Eclipse"? Obviously the serious fans are going to see "Dawn" whenever it comes out, but do you think the year-and-a-half gap is going to quiet the interest of newcomers who may be impressed by "Eclipse"? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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