"Breaking Dawn" will be filmed in both Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Vancouver, Canada, Summit Entertainment announced on Friday (July 9). Split into two separate films but being shot simultaneously, the production will ramp up in the fall and continue over the next year. No exact start date for filming was given.
The first film will be released on November 18, 2011. No official release date for the second part has been set, but as a Summit exec told MTV News this week, the studio is exploring multiple dates in 2012, both in the summer and later that year.
Many other questions remain about "Breaking Dawn," the most intriguing of which is the 3-D question: Will it either be shot using 3-D cameras or converted to 3-D during post-production? Summit tells MTV News that such discussions are currently under way, but that no decision has yet been made. Much of the cast is onboard with the 3-D idea, including Kristen Stewart.
"I'm probably speaking out of line or whatever, but I think it would be awesome," she told MTV News. "Nobody knows what it's like to look through the eyes of a vampire. What if [Bella] opens her eyes to this extraordinary world? It could be cool."
Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls") will direct both parts of "Breaking Dawn," taking over for "Eclipse" director David Slade. Pattinson and the rest of the cast wrapped production on "Eclipse" at the end of October 2009, which means that when the stars show up on-set for "Breaking Dawn," about a year will have passed since they slipped into their respective roles as vampires and werewolves.