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It's official: Bill Condon will direct 'Breaking Dawn'; one film or two still unclear

April 28, 2010 | 11:38 am

Bill condon breaking dawn Capping months of speculation, Summit Entertainment has decided on director Bill Condon to button up its hugely successful vampire franchise with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

"I'm very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen," Condon told Variety.

"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."

It's still unclear if the final film, based on Stephenie Meyer's massive book, will be done as one film or split into two. Other filmmakers in the running for "Breaking Dawn" reportedly included Sofia Coppola, Ron Howard and Gus Van Sant.

Condon's credits include the Beyonce Knowles-starring "Dreamgirls," which nabbed Jennifer Hudson an Oscar, as well as Liam Neeson's "Kinsey."  He also co-produced the 81st Annual Academy Awards in 2009. 

Condon will join director alums Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight"), Chris Weitz ("New Moon) and David Slade ("Eclipse"). 

Do you think Condon is up to the task? Tell us in comments! 

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Bill Condon at the 2007 Outfest opening night gala. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.

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