According to the latest buzz, the final book in the Twilight series, Breaking Dawn, may be broken up into two films. The rumor the last book would be split into two movies has been going around for a while, but it looks like Summit Entertainment may seriously be considering the idea.
A report by industry mag Variety says Summit Entertainment is contemplating splitting the final Twilight book into dual films and is ready to put the plan into action. However, director Chris Weitz,Â screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and author Stephenie Meyer have only been contracted for four films in total.
While Rosenberg and Meyer probably won’t mind receiving another hefty payday, Weitz isn’t all aboard the idea of yet another Twilight film. Weitz told Entertainment Weekly last week he might be interested in doing another Twilight film, but said “I just think I would die” if faced with another New Moon-like PR blitz tour.
To add on another film out of Breaking Dawn, Summit would also have to work out new contracts with the Twilight stars, including Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Kristen Stewart. Considering the huge haul New Moon has made in ticket sales so far, that could be quite a pricey negotiation.
Breaking Dawn is such a hefty, complex book, it might not be a bad idea to spit it into two films. The question is whether the Twilight frenzy among fans can be maintained long enough to play out through five movies.
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Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is denying accusations she stole the plot for her fourth novel Breaking Dawn from another author.
A cease and desist letter sent from author Jordan Scott to Meyerâ€™s publisher claims the best-selling novelist plagiarized aspects of her 2006 fantasy book The Nocturne. According to Scott, Meyer stole specific pivotal scenes from her novel and used strikingly similar dialogue in Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the mega-hit Twilight series.
A spokesperson for Stephanie Meyer released a statement to the press saying Jordan Scottâ€™s accusations are entirely unfounded. â€œThe claim that Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer somehow infringes on an alleged book by someone named Jordan Scott is completely without merit,â€ the representative told TMZ.com.
This is not the first time Stephanie Meyer hasÂ had to deal with rumors of plagiarism regarding the Twilight series. British tabloid The Sun ran a story earlier this year claiming Meyerâ€™s former college roommate Heidi Stanton had filed a lawsuit against the Twilight authorÂ for stealing the idea forÂ the vampire series from a short story she wrote while they were at Brigham Young University together. Production on the second film of the Twilight series, New Moon, was allegedly halted due to the claims.
However, the story was quickly shot down as a hoax by Summit Entertainment, the production company behind the Twilight films.
Read the full cease and desist letter from Jordan Scott here – but beware of spoilers if you haven’t yet read Breaking Dawn.