'Breaking Dawn' to start filming in November in Louisiana and Vancouver
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, will film in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Vancouver over the next year beginning in the fall, its studio Summit Entertainment says.
One of its producers, Wyck Godfrey, had said at last week's premiere of the latest film, Eclipse, that he and Bill Condon, the director of the two-part final Twilight installment, were flying to Louisiana to scout for film locations.
"We're going to start finding our locations and designing sets and we start shooting in November," Godfrey told Reelz Channel. (Check out more video interviews from the Eclipse premiere)
Breaking Dawn's first part is set to be released on November 18, 2011. Godfrey says the films will still be family friendly, adding: "I don't believe the audience of the franchise is an R-rated audience."
Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg confirmed a "natural split" between the two films, referring to the transformation of Stewart's character Bella Swan from a human to a vampire. The Twilight Saga films are based on the novels by Stephenie Meyer, who has been made a producer on Breaking Dawn.
Rosenberg is also pulling double duty at the hit series Dexter as a writer and producer and says she is writing screenplays for both projects simultaneously.
The third film, Eclipse, was released on June 30 and has made at least $308 million in worldwide sales and $203 at the U.S. box office.
Stewart, Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are all returning to reprise their roles in the final films. This news comes after reports of heated contract negotiations with supporting players Ashley Green and Kellan Lutz, who have since resolved their disputes.
Stewart has said she "can't wait" to finish filming the Twilight series, whose first film was released in 2008.
"The feeling that I get before and during working on a new movie, you want the story to be told so bad, because you're worried that it's not going to be right," she said. "This story is constantly sort of weighing on me because it's not done."