‘Twilight’ Sequel ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ Will Be Two Films

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CHICAGO – It’s been rumored for months but Summit Entertainment made it official this week when they announced that the final book in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series — “Breaking Dawn” — will be released as two separate films with “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I” hitting theaters on November 18th, 2011.

Recently announced director Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) will direct both parts which will start filming this fall. The following actors have been confirmed for both the fourth and fifth films in the franchise by Summit: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Ashley Green, and Kellan Lutz. Melissa Rosenberg, who adapted the first three books, is currently working on the script.

Breaking Dawn
Breaking Dawn
Photo credit: Little, Brown Books

With only two films released, the “Twilight” franchise has already grossed over $1.1 billion in worldwide box office ticket sales and the third film, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” hits theaters on June 30th, 2010. The first “Twilight” film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, the second by Chris Weitz, and the third by David Slade.

“Twilight,” which starred Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Ashley Greene and Taylor Lautner grossed $178 million domestically. “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” was an even bigger hit, grossing an amazing $296 million domestically.

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