For fans of Twilight, November 16th marks both a joyous and upsetting time; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will hit theaters, closing the book on Bella’s final chapter and trials as a vampire, a mother, and a wife. We’ve seen the character come to life through the eyes of Kristen Stewart, and now her story comes full circle. From mortal to immortal, from an emotional tween to a strong, loving, and roundhouse kicking mother, Bella’s journey heads toward the final resolution.
Taking the title as the third most lucrative book-to-film adaptation (behind Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings), The Twilight Saga has garnered an impressive $3.2 billion worldwide. Although many would like to deny this fact, the success only proves that there’s a strong audience for a franchise that many would consider an emo-filled, love-infested, vampire debauchery. However, where there’s money involved, Hollywood will come-a-knocking. Stephenie Meyer proved that her stories and characters were indeed profitable when they flew off the shelves in bookstores worldwide.
There may only be three more weeks till the release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2, but Lionsgate & Summit have already started their heavy promotional efforts. Today we received our first featurette and a brand new poster. In the featurette Oscar Award-winning director Bill Condon and the cast speak on Bella’s journey in the final chapter:
‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ Featurette
See The World Through the Eyes of a Vampire
The featurette gives a couple new shots but nothing that should spark fans’ interest; much of the footage we’ve seen before in various trailers. I’m am intrigued by Condon’s efforts to convince us that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 isn’t just the end to the saga. He explains that we’ll see the world of a vampire through Bella’s eyes, which means that we’ll receive several POV shots, one that’s present in the featurette. I was impressed with Condon’s direction and cinematography in Part 1. Unfortunately, the CGI is still laughable, but it’s been that way from the start.
On-screen and off-screen couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are currently traveling around the world building hype for the last installment, but the two are in separate locations for now — Stewart in Tokyo and Pattinson in Australia. It’s a smart move on Lionsgate & Summit’s part. The production companies are trying their best to keep the reporters on the topic at hand and away from the couple’s relationship. Though they tried, Pattinson kept it professional and had several encouraging words about Stewart’s performance:
“Yeah, she was really excited about being a vampire. Everybody else who’d been pretty consistently in the movies, they’d obviously been playing a vampire like every day for ages. And so it’s funny seeing someone suddenly come into it and try and figure out their own version of the physicality and the mentality of it. But her character has a different thing, because she’s supposed to find it really easy. It’s supposed to be a natural progression for her to become a vampire, it’s supposed to be simple. So I guess it was kind of different. “
Believe it or not, Robert Pattinson was just about done with acting. So what turned him against giving up the profession? A phone call telling him he’d been cast as Edward Cullen:
“Yeah, it is very odd. I think that a lot of actors go through the same thing, when you’ve literally gotta be just like ‘Ugh, this is pointless.’ That’s the only time you ever seem to get any jobs – you’ve gotta be at rock bottom! But yeah, it’s funny. I was like fully, fully intending not to do it anymore, and then this came up.”
Directed by Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 slams into theaters November 16th, 2012.