'Breaking Dawn' director Bill Condon reaches out to fans on Facebook: 'No, there won't be any musical numbers.'

Condon-TwilightImage Credit: Condon: Vince Bucci/Getty Images; The Twilight Saga: New Moon: Kimberley FrenchOne thing’s for sure: Breaking Dawn‘s director wants you to be Team Condon. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls), who recently confirmed he would helm the last (two?) Twilight films, has reached out to fans of the franchise on his Facebook page. I don’t blame him — being the man behind the Twilight finale (a book that involves such touchy subjects as “imprinting,” and, you know, eating a baby out of a pregnant woman) is an unenviable position. But based on his letter, the director — a fan of the gothic and vampire tales like the 1966 TV series Dark Shadows — is accepting his new role with a sense of humor. He even begins the letter: “Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob, and Team Switzerland.” (Read the entire letter, posted on Condon’s Facebook page, after the jump.)

And, don’t worry, Twilight fans — the guy is doing his research: “I’ve read Breaking Dawn twice, rewatched Catherine’s and Chris’s movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine’s notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz’s companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk — a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for ‘newborn’ status in the universe you’ve been living inside for a few years now, but a guy’s gotta start somewhere.” Condon maintains he’ll also keep in touch with fans throughout the movie-making process: “I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I’ll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing Breaking Dawn to the screen. “

And then there’s this: “P.S. Answer #1: No, there won’t be any musical numbers.” (This isn’t Buffy, after all.)

So, Twilight fans, after reading his letter, do you trust that Condon’s the man for the job now? [Deadline]“Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I’m stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you’ve probably heard, I’ve been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit – who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I’m pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I’ve read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine’s and Chris’s movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine’s notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz’s companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk – a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for ‘newborn’ status in the universe you’ve been living inside for a few years now, but a guy’s gotta start somewhere.

Like many of you, I’ve always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn’t been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I’ve been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don’t think it’s difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy – and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I’m a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I’ll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won’t be any musical numbers”

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  • D’s Advocate

    Bill Condon is slumming with this project. But I suppose it’ll give him the box office clout to do more, er, intriguing work later on.

    • paula

      i don’t Bill Condon is slumming he should be prevlegde to be a part of this Saga. I personally think they should have picked someone else

      • D’s Advocate

        Such as?

      • mary q contrary

        Oh, Paula, I hope you don’t say this sort of thing to people in your everyday life. I would hate to have to laugh at you behind your back, which by the way, if you are saying these things to people’s faces, they ARE doing. Join a book club (one made up of intellectual minds), get some culture, and take a college course or two. These books are total crap, Paula, and you should be embarrassed for not having realized that yourself.

      • @paula

        Learn how to spell if you’re going to say something that makes no sense. No director should be and will ever be “privileged” to be apart of the lameness known as twilight. He only did it for the money and to get his name back out there. He hasn’t been in the press since Dreamgirls back in 2006.

      • Laura G.

        Mary Q Contrary – Full of yourself at all? I’ll post something full of myself, I most likely have a higher degree of education than you with a master’s thesis that you would not be able to comprehend. I am currently in two book clubs and guess what? I love the Twilight series. It’s a fun series.

      • Seriously?

        Having college courses and a master’s thesis doesn’t mean you have any taste.

      • @Laura G

        The simple fact that you used the words: “higher degree of education,” “master’s thesis,” and “twilight” in the same sentence is clear proof that you’re lying through your teeth.

      • Shaun

        Not a fan Mary Q? Why enter in a discussion or follow a thread about something you obviously dislike? If you can’t see the charm in this serious then perhaps you take yourself a little too seriously.

      • @Shaun

        You’re right a series about a Mary-Sue who’s obsessed with a glittering rock and a puppy dog is oh so charming. The “women should be submissive” and “abuse” themes are a must read for everyone.

      • lois_pain

        I personally agree to some degree with Mary Q. Paula should know how to spell or use spell check. Since she doesn’t, I take issue with her passing judgment on Condon’s ability to direct this (or is it these?) film. He’s capable. But the material is crap. End of story. FIN!

      • Yay

        I am working on my Ph.d. and graduated in comparative literature, and I also like Twilight. As far as spelling goes english is not my first language, but I work also as a lector for a publishing company. So… there is literature and there is literature. Education alows you to differentiate.

      • KC

        Yeah, they should’ve given this over deservedly to Uwe Bowell.

    • David F

      I respect Bill Condon’s work and wish him well. This is an epic story w/ incredible characters in the vein of Stars Wars, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and so on. If he (Bill Condon) is the talent you think he is then he can only elevate this material and everyone wins. We should be much more tolerant of people’s interests because maybe one of these things could comfort someone perhaps enough to save a life. Just my experience

      • D’s Advocate

        No need to be so defensive, guys. I’m not trying to hate on Twilight, really. I’m referring more to the idea that working on a big franchise (especially one that is already a few films and a few directors into the story) is likely a rather unrewarding process for a director. The undertaking is by definition more commercial than artistic.

      • @David F

        You disgust me. Twilight is NOT epic and it’s characters are terrible.

      • Hannah

        “Epic story”?
        Like Star Wars, which has maintained its popularity for almost three and a half decades?
        Like Lord of the Rings, which is probably the greatest cinematic trilogy EVER and a literary classic?
        Like Harry Potter, still going strong after almost a decade and a half, which got an entire generation (both boys and girls) to read a quality story with actual moral lessons and symbolism?
        I admit that Twilight is a fun, fluffy read and a good way to pass the time. Comparing it in ANY way to those three cultural entities is ludicrous, I’m sorry. HP is the newest of them and there’s no way of knowing whether Twilight will even match that longevity, let alone LotR’s or Star Wars’.

      • @Hannah

        I complete agree, except I loathe twilight and the first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, so it’s been over a decade.

      • Hannah

        Here’s what I said: “Like Harry Potter, still going strong after almost a decade and a half.”

        Here’s what you said: “…the first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, so it’s been over a decade.”

        A decade and a half = 15 years. Almost a decade and a half = roughly 13 years. 2010 – 1997 = 13 years. 13 years > Over a decade.
        I’m sorry, why did you correct me when I didn’t need correcting?

      • @Hannah

        It’s called sleep deprivation. I thought you said, “half a decade.” Oops! My bad.

      • Daisy

        Man, people on this site are incredibly crabby! Who really gives a shit about Twilight. I’m sure the next two movies cannot be any crappier than the last two. Anyone comparing this series to Lord of the Rings or Star Wars needs a smack or two. The books were a fun, lazy read but nothing more. The most exciting thing about the movies is seeing Jacob or Edward half naked – nuff said.

      • BlackIrish4094

        I’m still laughing over this is an epic story with incredible characters! LMAO!!!! Not in it’s wildest dreams does this series compare either in literature or film to the LOTR series. Even though HP and SW are on a lower level than LOTR they are still head and shoulders above the drek that is Twilight. It’s a series for pre-teens and those emotionally stunted Twi-Moms (who are borderline inappropriate drooling over underage male actors).

      • rainbowflowersfluffysparkles

        you are all very entertaining to read. silly conversations that go back and forth about silly topics… i love it that everybody is sooo concerned about how much they love or hate twilight when people are starving, rain forests are being cut down, and global warming etc. etc. etc. which is funny too because me saying this is contradictory to myself because I said it was silly… thats what life is, just a big bowl of contradictions… dont you just love it?

      • Wow

        HA! Why is it someone ALWAYS has to throw famine and war and global warming into everyday converstaions?
        “I read a good book!”
        “PEOPLE ARE DYING YOU KNOW!”
        “Um,what?”
        What? We aren’t allowed to live because people are suffering? I’m not allowed a trivial thought in my head? I should spend all day thinking about all the terrible, sad, and devestating stories of this world?? How depressing. Fiction is a form of escapism.

    • susan

      Please, make it like the book,and 2 movies!too much wonderful events that won’t fit into one movie. I know u want to do it right. That has to include all the major details, the romance, the birth ,fight , everyhthing that made the book a success.the wedding is important and needs to be shown, because as u know,bella has her issues to get over. Thank you, I know u will do right. Susan

      • cez

        He is making it into two different movies.

  • Liz

    The musical episode of Buffy was one of the greatest hours of television ever created. P.S. Breaking Dawn was the best book.

    • twilight is a joke

      Breaking Dawn the best book, huh? So you must have loved the cheesy island scenes, the ridiculous name they gave their even more ridiculously conceived daughter, and the pathetic, poorly thought out, thrown together ending?

    • Michelle

      As a die-hard Twilight fan…I have to disagree. Breaking Dawn was so anti-climactic once “Book 3″ started that I was disappointed. The part with the Volturi was such a let down. I have read the whole series 3 times and Breaking Dawn is starting to rate with New Moon on my list (which was my least favorite of all 4). I hope that Bill Condon can bring some life into the series closer.

    • (the other) Amy

      Can I just say that I *loved* the musical episode of Buffy? The songs still pop in my head from time to time.

      PS: I have to disagree with you on BD being the best book though…

  • juan

    who cares about this crap?
    the last airbender will rule july 2 weekend.

    • leosgreens

      I really hope so

    • @juan

      I can’t wait for The Last Airbender.

      • Airbender Director

        I sure hope The Last Airbender beats this Piece of Garbage, Seen I direct’ it. I wanted a same day release, but they were a little scared, so they moved it a few day before my film. Have a Problem with my opinion, leave your name, Address and phone #. I will come look for you. M. Night Shyamalan

      • juan

        r you really m. night. thell me. momo its gonna be in the film?
        aang is gonna be funny like in the series?
        how many times he get the avatar state in the movie?
        whos gonna play toph in the next film?
        its gonna be a new trailer i wanna see appas and momos face?

  • chloe

    Does it matter who makes it? just matters that its made, right? Personally i’m really excited! Sounds great that he is taking care to get it right by researching all he can. I’ll be there on July 9th for Eclispe (darn UK date) and i’ll be waiting for BD news with baited breath.

  • Barbara Hirsch

    I am delighted to hear Bill Condon has been chosen to direct Breaking Dawn. The rumors were circulated a director would not be chosen until Melissa Rosenberg completed writing the screen play. Is this true and will this wonderful book be made into two movies? I frankly do not think there is any alternative that could do justice to this book.

    • Michelle

      Melissa Rosenberg needs to be fired from writing the screen plays. Look at what she’s done to the ones she has already written. The movies should not be stated as “based on the book” but “loosely resembling something that was in the book”

      • Di

        Right on, Michelle. MR has butchered 3 screenplays, goin for a 4th/5th. Each movie was good enuf, but cldv been SO much better. And that buck stops 2 MR. Its too bad. They call these movies epic now, and dont get me wrong-I love the Twilight series-had they fired her arse aftr the 1st one, these movies wld definately become legend.

  • Sharlin

    I don’t care care about musical numbers. I just hope it’s not 3D!!!! I don’t want to see a birthing scene in 3D!!!!

    • Yesenia

      I don’t even want to see it in real life :(

  • tamara

    I am over joyed that they have choosen to make braking dawn not only a movie but TWO that is fabulush this was my fav of all the books and I can hardly wait to see the baby ,,, the wedding there is so much going on in this book I hope he can nail all the most important and put edward more to the front page then as a lead can hardly wait they should release them both at the same time or at least a month apart i have read all the books like 10 times ,,,,,looking foward to the movie

    • Di

      Im w u. Edward shld b front and center. Sure, Jacob will get his happiness, but he’s already had his 2 movies. Plz let them make this movie about Bella, and Edward, and their love, family, and their eventual happy ending. I just hope they get this last 1 right.

  • Ashley

    A musical number is the least its problems… you got horrible actors, a crappy story based on a crappy book that was written by someone worse then a 10 year old blind girl with down syndrome and the director is a mediocre, yet overrated tool…

    • Rebekah

      It’s already terrible enough when people post unjustified rude comments, but why did you have to mention a girl being blind and having Down Syndrome in your post? How are those conditions relevant or your abhorrent use of them accurate? Your comment is ignorant and insulting.

    • Tiata

      Ashley…whoever you are. I take issue with your comments not only because they’re rude and untrue. I take issue with the fact that you’re using the disabled community to make your point. As the mother of a disabled son I must say it’s your idiocy and ignorance that fuel hate and discrimination against people who were born different. They, unlike me have hearts big enough to forgive fools such as yourself!

    • @Ashley

      I agree with you…minus the blind girl comment. Let’s just change that to, “…written by someone with the mental capacity of mutant fish frog.”

    • Ashley

      Sigh, I would like to apologize to the handicap, it was not my intention to offend anyone who’s blind or has down syndrome.. in fact, I think a 10 year old, blind girl with down syndrome would write a much better book then this garbage…

      • Michelle

        It would have been more sincere if you didn’t start with “Sigh”. Like your mom told you to apologize to your sister for hitting her and you didn’t want to.

    • Michelle

      Let us not forget the wonderful screenplays that are written by the brilliant Melissa Rosenberg. (And before you jump down my throat, that was sarcasm)

    • Di

      If u hate it all so much, how did u end up posting on this thread in the 1st place?

  • Miss Talk

    Now is this is how it’s gonna work? Does a director have to justify why he was chosen and to promise to follow evey single line of the original books? Jeez.

    • dee

      Yeah, apparently being nominated for Academy Awards isn’t good enough credentials for the Twilight fans. If they could demand that the letter be signed in blood, they would. lol

  • kathryn

    I’m all for it i think he would do i good job after all i would love to be in one of these movies =) but please pick him to do the movie

    • twilight is a joke

      uh, they’ve already picked him. did you even read the post?

  • Heather

    I wonder how they’re going to do this and still keep it under R. I mean there is that one scene…

    • @Heather

      There’s nothing in that entire book that would warrant an R rating. The book is very much PG.

      • Angela

        Uh…the birthing scene? Rather graphic, wouldn’t you say? It’s at least PG-13.

      • @Angela

        The birthing scene was not that big of a deal. And it’s not going to be exactly the same in the film. Trust me. Summit isn’t going to do anything to scare away all of their little 12 year old fans.

      • @@Angela

        I don’t know, I’d say her vomiting a fountain of blood and having her spine break in half and having her vampire boyfriend bite the baby out of her womb is rather graphic. And the 12 year olds will see it regardless of what it’s rated, because it’s got “Twilight” stamped on it. Plus their moms will want to see it too, so it’s not like they’ll have trouble getting in. lol

      • @@@Angela

        It won’t be the same in the film. Nowhere near the same. And I thought Meyer’s description was her failed attempt at horror and suspense. I thought it was funny while reading it and I’m sure it will be even funnier on screen.

    • mmm

      If Twilight is such a joke, why are you even wasting your time reading an article and writing posts about it? Get over yourself.

      • Mia@X

        It seems that you can ask yourself the same question: indeed WHY ARE YOU wasting your time and reading all the posts?? Perhaps you should get over youself, too?

  • Berry

    He’s not kidding “…it’s not Buffy.”

    Word of advice, real vampires don’t sparkle in the sunlight. :P

    (Team Spike…forever)

    • leosgreens

      You ain’t kiddin’

    • Lauren(:

      I think sparkling vampires is a great idea. Vampires don’t exist. So you can’t say real vampires don’t sparkle.

      • Shellie

        Actually, vampires do exist…there is a blood disease called porphyria in which the carrier craves blood b/c their blood is missing a specific enzyme. These carriers have are photosensitive, get burns from UV rays, have allergies to garlic, and have bad stomach pains/cramps…in the medieval times, those with status could hide away in castles and be known as vampires, but those with no status had to grow out their hair to make it possible to work in the fields and they were known as werewolves. These people would crave blood and attack people to get it…which is where the legend came from. It is a rare disease, but people in present day still pass this gene and could be a possible carrier!!

      • @Lauren(:

        No sparkling vampires are dumb. Meyer has said herself that she’s a scaredy cat and doesn’t like horror. She made them sparkle, so they wouldn’t be scary. How dumb is that?

    • Liz

      Team Spike FOREVER! Lol, I have recently been rewatching Buffy and yes Spike, from his very first appearance right until the very end of Angel will always be the best Vampire EVER!

  • Brandie

    I wish everyone would relax a little. For those of us who love the books and who think the author is talented, yes, we want the director to do his very best at delivering a visual representation of our beloved characters. For those who hate the book and who don’t care for the author, I respect your position. However, it would be nice if those who hate everything could be more tasteful. Attacking the book and author by the above statement, which included something about, “a girl with down syndrom”, was really tacky and tasteless. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but please try to make a valid point without personally attacking people you don’t know, that just sounds ignorant and petty. To be fair, I’m not attacking the person who made the remark; I think the remark was reallyoffensive though.

    • Lauren(:

      I think it was one of those people who hate on stuff just to do it. Why would they be looking up Breaking Dawn if they hated it?

      • twilight is a joke

        what do you mean, “looking up breaking dawn”? a lot of us frequent this site, Lauren, and were not directed here by a search engine. and I think I speak for the majority of us (or at least I hope I do) when I say that THESE BOOKS ARE HORRIBLY WRITTEN, PATHETIC PIECES OF TRASH, and that Breaking Dawn is the worst one of the bunch.

    • Rebekah

      Thank-you, Brandie. I agree with everything you stated.

    • Carrie

      I’ll never understand why people who claim to hate everything “Twilight” take the time to click on the link, read the article, and make nasty comments. Aren’t these posts really for people who are interested in the movie? Don’t these people have more valuable things to do w/ their time? I guess not.

      • Lauren(:

        That’s exactly what I’m talking about Carrie. It makes no sense to hate something so much, and then devote so much time finding Twilight news to talk crap. It’s stupid.

      • @Carrie

        If the haters didn’t say anything EW would assume everyone likes it and they would’ve kept posting their 20 million twilight posts every week. It’s called freedom of speech. All the other topics on this site has both negative and positive opinions as well. It just so happens, Twilight has a lot of haters.

      • twilight is a joke

        Yep, @Carrie is right. We have just as much right to comment here as the people who like these pieces of crap. Sorry if you guys can’t handle the truth, but I happen to love trashing Twilight, and it makes me feel better to know that not every woman in the world is turned into a simpering, quivering, brain dead moron at the slightest mention of Adonis-like features and untidy, bronze-colored hair.

      • Frank N. Furter

        isn’t it obvious carrie? it’s because we have no life! Are the people who like twilight so much better? does it not occur to you that we may actually enjoy ripping on things? you leave us alone to rip on you and we’ll leave you alone to enjoy twilight! wait, no we won’t.

        PS Twilight sux real bad

  • David Fejes

    I have no previous acting experience but I would be wonderful as the lawyer who helps Bella w/ identification documents. Can I get an audition. lol thanks for listening and good luck.

  • jaye

    I’m not a Tween, far from it, but I did like Twilight. New Moon, not so much. Too much crazy Bella, too much Jacob, whom I wish was killed off in the first movie lol. He is quite annoying. Anyway, I haven’t read the the books, don’t intend to read them. I’ve heard enough about them and read enough excerpts to know it would be a miserable experience. When it comes to books, I like them well written. While I’m not in love with all things Twilight, I do intend to see the rest of the movie series. I’m interested to see how some scenes play out. I know in order to keep the rating they will have to tone down some scenes, especially the birth scene. Kristen with the lip biting thing is annoying as well, but I’ve gotten use to it,otherwise she makes a tolerable Bella ; doesn’t mean i like it, but it’s not a deal breaker on seeing the movies.

    • Chelle Cullen Potter

      In response to your commentary on Kristen’s lip-biting I would have to inform you that if you HAD read the Twilight Saga you would have found out that Bella bites her bottom lip a lot when she is nervous about something or when she is thinking about something as well. However, the first movie was only passable at best with the awkward acting from Kristen, which is understandable considering how out of order Catherine Hardwick took Twilight (the first book of the Saga). Ms. Hardwicke had no right to direct the first movie; it was horrendous! I love the book, but I despise the movie based on it. Ironically enough, I hated the second book but I LOVED the second movie. New Moon was very well done and I appreciate the differences with Twilight. Kristen’s acting is much better in this one as she is obviously much more relaxed and she can therefore do her job as Bella properly… but I wish that she didn’t try for those screams. I have to say that out of all the movies so far my favorite has to be Eclipse. That movie stuck to the book like glue. It was masterfully done and I cannot thank whoever directed that movie for doing so.

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