LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -
Why make one "Twilight" film when you can charge moviegoers to see two
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," the fourth movie in the vampire
franchise, will be split in two, with the first half scheduled for
release on November 18, 2011, distributor Summit Entertainment confirmed
The announcement, coming ahead of the June 30 release of the third film
"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," was not a surprise. The closely held
studio had signaled that author Stephenie Meyer's 900-page "Breaking
Dawn" book was too complex to be adapted into a single movie.
But it had reportedly signed the cast for only four movies, and had to
renegotiate costly deals with the newly minted A-list actors before it
could officially announce the new plan.
The films will shoot back-to-back in the fall, with Bill Condon
directing from a script being written by Melissa Rosenberg. A Summit
spokesman said there was no release date scheduled yet for the fifth
The fourth book centers on Bella 's marriage to the vampire Edward, her
subsequent pregnancy, and her fulfilled desire to be transformed into a
The first two films in the franchise, beloved worldwide by women of all ages, have grossed over $1.1 billion at the box office, Summit said.