Bill Condon to Direct Both Parts of Twilight: Breaking Dawn?
by Ethan Anderton
April 7, 2010
Just last month, some genuine interest from the previously uninterested may have been created for The Twilight Saga's presumed two-part finale Breaking Dawn as high profile directors like Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon being offered the chance to helm the vampire melodrama. Now it looks like Summit and series author Stephanie Meyer (who has to approve the choice of director) have their top choice as Deadline reports Condon (Dreamgirls) is the leading candidate to direct the finale and may be negotiating a deal which will have him filming both parts back-to-back. If only they could be musicals.
If Condon does indeed end up directing this two-part film, then it will push back what would have been his next project, a project we haven't reported on yet, an adaptation of the Paul Torday novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which he was putting together to be distributed by Fox Searchlight. However, apparently casting has been a challenge for that film as Colin Firth was in and out, along with Rachel Weisz and Kristin Scott Thomas. That's news to us since the last we heard was Condon was looking to shoot his Richard Pryor biopic with Marlon Wayans this fall. Presumably his taking on Breaking Dawn will also delay that film as well.
Though Condon's involvement in The Twilight Saga might make things slightly more interesting, I'd much rather see his Richard Pryor biopic come to fruition before anything else. Cue the Twilight bashing!