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'Twilight' won't dawn again until November 2011. Can fans handle the long layoff?

May 5, 2010 | 12:12 am

By now it's becoming a ritual as familiar as chilly weather and early turkey shopping. Summit announced late Tuesday that it would follow a pattern with "Breaking Dawn" that worked well for two other movies in its "Twilight" franchise: It would bring out the film the week before Thanksgiving, announcing the date of Nov. 18, 2011, for its release of the Bill Condon-directed film.

Daw The surprising news here is that the movie, which will likely shoot in the fall, won't be accelerated to come out next summer (as the third film, "Eclipse," will when it's released in June). Instead, Summit will wait another five months to bring out "Dawn" -- which means it will be nearly 18 months between the release of the third and fourth movies in the franchise, the longest layoff since "Twilight" began. (While Summit said in the announcement that it wouldn't confirm a fifth film carved out of the latter part of the "Breaking Dawn" novel -- which furthers the mythology of Bella, Edward, Jacob and everyone else you've either devoured or struggled to avoid lo these many months -- it would be almost shocking if they didn't do just that.)

It's hard to know what's motivating the 17-month lag. Talent schedules would seem to be a factor, but almost as likely, especially given the fifth-movie talk, is that the fourth and fifth films would need to be shot back-to-back -- which, depending on how it's shot and edited, could require more time.

Will fans tolerate the long hiatus? The logic until now has been to push the movies forward at an accelerated clip to generate and play off fan interest. By the time June rolls around, three movies will have come out over a 19-month period. But for reasons either creative or financial, it will be another 17 months before the next one hits. That lag could further stoke anticipation among Twihards -- or it could cool interest.

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Hopefully the long wait in between movies will up the quality!!!

It seems likely this book will be made into two movies. Is there anything to stop Summit from releasing the first movie in summe 2011, and actually using the November 2011 release date for the second fim? I can easily see that happening.

The thing stopping the release of Breaking Dawn in Summer 2011 is because Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II comes out July 15, 2011. No way they want to compete with that.

Im willing to wait for the best (in my opinion) story in the Twilight saga. Breaking Dawn was the best book so I hope the movie is wonderful, take your time if its needed PLEASE do the book justice!!!!!!

Thank you S.M. for writing the best books ive ever read I started twilight almost two years ago and finished all four books in 3 weeks and Ive reread them at least 5 times :) :) :) :) we love you S.M. <3
****** Team Edward, Bella, Nessie ******

If fans can't wait a measly year and a half between movies, they are way too impatient. Come on! Star Wars fans had to wait three years between installments for both trilogies. I have no sympathy for any whining that arises due to an 18 month wait.

I think that people will lose interset, but gain it back as soon as the movie is close to coming out. We have to wait now a year just for the first part to come out and 2 years for the second part to come out.. I just hope they do it right! The last book was the best, so lets make the last two movies the best if their going to take their time in filming it!!! :) I also hope they make the movies just like the book, EVERYTHING!!

It just sucks that its gonna be so long before I get to see Breaking Dawn. I'm 28 years old and just recently started watching Twilight and now I'm addicted to it. Please please see if we can get it out a lot sooner or I will die!!!


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