A "Twilight" dawn breaks over Comic-Con

Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:35pm EDT
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By R.T. Watson

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The giant Comic-Con pop culture showcase opened on Thursday with the stars and director of the newest teen vampire "Twilight" movie thrilling fans, some of whom camped out for days just to see them.

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and director Bill Condon gave fans a taste of the first of two final installments in the film franchise that has generated $1.8 billion in worldwide ticket sales from three movies.

The fourth in the series, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," lands in theaters on November 18, and is the first part of the final chapter in the saga. Stewart, who portrays lead character Bella Swan in the romance movies, told fans at Comic-Con that she has had a difficult time separating herself from the character she portrays.

"I can't draw the line between myself and the stuff I do," she said at a news conference. "This one is loaded with those really cathartic and impactful life moments, and they are not all completely fantasy."

Fans of the films and best-selling "Twilight" books by author Stephenie Meyer, know that in this first part of "Breaking Dawn," Bella and the vampire to whom her heart belongs, Edward Cullen, finally marry. But, of course, there is more trouble afoot for the pair.

Director Bill Condon was asked whether there might be more of the "Twilight" movies following "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," which hits theaters next year, and he said that it is likely, but probably not with Bella in the tale.

"I think (Meyer) always says it's the end of the Bella story. Especially in the second movie, there are so many characters that I suspect she'll want to revisit them at some point," Condon told reporters.

BREAKFAST OF BLOOD?   Continued...

<p>Actor Robert Pattinson poses to promote "Breaking Dawn" from the Twilight Saga at Comic Con in San Diego, California July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>