Bill Condon: Getting to Know the Fans
We've never seen this done before, but we think it's extremely cool! Bill Condon, the newly announced director of the Breaking Dawn movie(s) posted a letter to the Twilight fans on the official Twilight saga movie facebook, and is offering to answer fan questions!

"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"


Speaking of Bill Condon, the LA Times has written up an article about him, just so you can get to know his background a little better. Click here to read it.

And speaking of Breaking Dawn, it looks like filming for it may start this October! According to AOL:
"Christian Serratos, who plays Bella's classmate Angela, didn't get the memo that all things Breaking Dawn related are top secret.

While in Australia to attend a Twilight convention on Monday (do you think she bumped into the Biebs?) someone asked when filming on Breaking Dawn would finally begin. Booboo Stewart first replied, "No word is out yet," but then Christian -- oops -- spilled that it's slated for October."


Click here to read the rest.

Now we've gotten quite a few e-mails from fans wanting the Breaking Dawn movie(s) to be rated R. I was actually about ready to write up an article about why the movie will not be rated R, but Kaleb Nation beat me to it. He explains it better, anyway. Please watch...

Amen, Kaleb!

Sincerely, Alice
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