Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon’s note to the fandom

Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon has written a lovely note to the Twilight fandom, and posted it via the official Twilight Facebook page:

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

(source) And he means he’ll answer questions on the Twilight FB page.

For the comments: We think Bill’s off to a great start! Tell us your reaction to his note in the comments!


4 Responses

  1. Im excited to learn that you will be the new director. You have lots to bring to the series I am sure. I would like to ask that you don’t make it too Vampire-ish, or Gothic. As you mentioned they are emotionally charged and I hope that you can portray that element in the movie. In several interviews the actors have mentioned how difficult it is to play the emotional aspects, Im sure that is difficult to put on screen, some was lost during New Moon. Not that I am looking for a soggy and emotional mess of humanity, it’s nice to read about the inner relationships in the book. Unfourtunatly they usually don’t make it to screen.
    Ps. I was a late starter too, I didn’t even see a movie or read a book until New Moon was out on DvD. So good luck, and have fun!

  2. I was very pleased to see him put out a letter like Chris Weitz did. David Slade didn’t do that, did he? I think it might have helped to get some fan support behind him. I know I was very leary of him until the trailer was finally released.

    I do think that Bill Condon is a little bit crazy for calling for open comments and questions on the FB page. He will be swamped!

    • I don’t recall a David Slade letter … but he was so good about tweeting updates and such from the set.

  3. What a great way to start out for Breaking Dawn…good luck! Very well put, I love the first paragraph! As for David Slade, the most he did as far as I’m aware is write a letter to twiFans apologising for insulting twilight and saying he’d rather be shot than direct it…lets wait until we SEE eclipse to make judgements!

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