"Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" set for 2011 release
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The "Twilight" vampire fangs -- and fans -- will be out again in 2011.
The Hollywood studio behind "Twilight" on Wednesday set a November 18, 2011, release date for a film version of the last of the four novels in the teen vampire series. But no one knows yet if "Breaking Dawn" will be made into one film or two.
The "Twilight" movies from independent studio Summit Entertainment are based on the hugely popular books of the same name by author Stephenie Meyer. The books and movies tell of a teenager named Bella Swan who falls in love with the immortal vampire, Edward Cullen.
The last film, "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," made nearly $710 million at worldwide box offices after its November 2009 release. That was the second installment in the franchise.
The next film, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," is due out June 30, and with former horror film director David Slade getting behind the camera, Hollywood watchers expect it to take on darker tones than the first two films.
Summit has said that "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" will be directed by Bill Condon, who made the 2006 musical movie "Dreamgirls" and co-produced this year's Academy Awards.
Since "Breaking Dawn" is the last novel in Meyer's "Twilight" book series, some in Hollywood have speculated that Summit might try to reap the most from the novel by dividing it into two films. Summit on Wednesday said it would not confirm whether it plans one "Breaking Dawn" film or two.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
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