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It's official: 'Breaking Dawn' is headed to big screen [Updated]

May 19, 2009 |  2:45 pm

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“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has made it official: “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth and final book in Stephenie Meyer’s vampire saga, will be adapted for the big screen.

The busy actor said he has also just signed to star in an adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant novel “Bel Ami,” about an amoral journalist-social climber in late 1800s Paris.

Pattinson confirmed the news Tuesday during the Cannes Film Festival, revealing that he is signed on to star in all four “Twilight” films. The actor is shooting the second, “New Moon,” with director Chris Weitz and said he was unsure as to when the fourth movie would begin production.

In the books, “Breaking Dawn” continues the story of Bella and her vampire beau Edward, who – spoilers follow – get married and start a family, a move that endangers Edward’s peaceful clan of vampires. Bella also undergoes a transformation.

Summit gave the go-ahead to the second and third films late last year, after the success of the first movie, which made more than $190 million in domestic box office.

Pattinson told the Hollywood Reporter that Edward’s role in “New Moon” has been expanded for the film; in Meyer’s novel, Edward is absent for the majority of the action, existing only as a voice in Bella’s head.

“I was trying to do it in a 2-D way. I hope it doesn't translate onscreen as being boring,” he said.

Before he’s due back in October to shoot the third “Twilight” movie, “Eclipse,” which David Slade will direct, Pattinson will film Summit’s “Remember Me,” about a young couple whose burgeoning relationship is complicated by a succession of family tragedies that test their bond. Allen Coulter is directing from a script by “Rachel Getting Married” screenwriter Jenny Lumet.

He’s also set to star in “Unbound Captives,” set in the American frontier with a script from writer-director Madeleine Stowe that Pattinson said “is almost entirely in Comanche.” Pattinson most recently played a young Salvador Dali in Regent’s “Little Ashes.”

-- Denise Martin

-- UPDATED to fix spelling of Chris Weitz's name.

Photo of Robert Pattinson: AFP / Getty Images

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