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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
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Directed by Bill Condon
Produced by Stephenie Meyer
Karen Rosenfelt
Wyck Godfrey
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Stephenie Meyer (author)
Starring Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
Taylor Lautner
Mackenzie Foy
Music by Carter Burwell
Cinematography Guillermo Navarro
Editing by Virginia Katz
Distributed by Summit Entertainment
Release date(s) November 16, 2012
Running time 116 min.
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Breaking Dawn - Part 1
Official website
IMDb profile
"Forever."
Breaking Dawn - Part 2 tagline.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is the fifth and final installment of the Twilight Saga film series, based on Stephenie Meyer's novel of the same name.

Summit Entertainment, the studio behind the film adaptations of novels in the Twilight series, announced in November 2008 that it had obtained the rights to the rest of Stephenie Meyer's series, including Breaking Dawn.[1][2][3][4] Breaking Dawn has been split in two parts. This movie picks up where the first half had left off, and will be released on November 16, 2012.

Plot

...Continues from Breaking Dawn - Part 1

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Bella, Edward, Renesmee and Jacob during the confrontation.

After the birth of Renesmee Cullen, Bella, who is now a vampire, finds herself enjoying her new life and abilities. However, the vampire Irina misidentifies Renesmee as an "immortal child" - a child who has been turned into a vampire - and because immortal children are uncontrollable, creating them has been outlawed by the Volturi. After Irina presents her allegation to the Volturi, they plan to destroy Renesmee and the Cullens.

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Bella fighting a Volturi guard.

In an attempt to survive, the Cullens gather other vampire clans from around the world to stand as witnesses and prove to the Volturi that Renesmee is not an immortal child. Upon confronting the gathered Cullen witnesses, the Volturi discover that they have been misinformed and immediately execute Irina for her mistake. However, they remain undecided on whether Renesmee should be viewed as a threat to vampires' secret existence.

Production

Development

The witnesses

The Cullens' witnesses gather to fight the Volturi.

Meyer stated in her Breaking Dawn FAQ that if a film were to be created, she thought it would have to be made into two movies because "it's hard to imagine it fitting into ninety minutes. The book is just so long! I can't imagine how to distill it—if I could, the book would be shorter."[5] According to Variety, the studio had decided to split the 756-page book into two films, along the same lines as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows[6]. Subsequently, Summit had to negotiate new deals with the main cast, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, since they were only under contract for four films.[6]

Meyer also believed it may be impossible to make Breaking Dawn into a film, due to Renesmee, writing that an actress could not play her because she is a baby but has complete awareness, and that "the one thing that I've never seen is a CGI human being which truly looks real"; however, she went on to state that "they develop amazing new technologies everyday, and we've got a little time left."[5] It is still however unknown whether Renesmee will be CGI, or if one/many actresses will portray her. There are also concerns about making a PG-13 movie adaptation, given the book's complex and graphic storylines, including the birth of a half-vampire, half-human baby.[6]

It was announced on April 28, 2010 that Bill Condon will direct the film. On July 5, on Twitter, Melissa Rosenberg, the official screenwriter for Twilight, announced that Breaking Dawn will remain a PG-13 movie. She added that, quote: "I think we can get awfully [hot] with PG-13. I'm not worried about the rating. I know a lot of fans are like, 'We have to go R to do it justice', but i don't think so. I think it's going to be pretty hot. Way hot!" Rosenberg says. Rosenberg was referring to the worry of some fans about the movie being rated R because of love scenes between Edward and Bella. She added that a lot can be done in a PG-13 movie, despite what skeptics may think or say.[7]

Filming

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Aro and other Volturi members ready for the battle.

In July 2010, Summit announced that the movie will be shot in Vancouver, Canada and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[8] Both parts of Breaking Dawn were shot simultaneously as one project. Filming officially began on November 1, 2010 in Brazil.

It took about four to five weeks to shoot the ending sequence of Part 2 which would consume about twenty-seven minutes of the film. The sequence was shot using a green screen and fake snow with 75 actors on set.

Filming wrapped on April 15, 2011, ending the franchise's three years of production since March 2008.

In April 2012, director Bill Condon announced that there would be reshoots in Los Angeles. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart filmed that day as the very last day of filming for the Twilight franchise.

Cast

Cullens and Swans

Actor Role
Kristen Stewart Bella Cullen
Robert Pattinson Edward Cullen
Peter Facinelli Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser Esme Cullen
Ashley Greene Alice Cullen
Jackson Rathbone Jasper Hale
Nikki Reed Rosalie Hale
Kellan Lutz Emmett Cullen
Billy Burke Charlie Swan
Mackenzie Foy Renesmee Cullen

Quileute tribe

Actor Role
Taylor Lautner Jacob Black
Gil Birmingham Billy Black
Chaske Spencer Sam Uley
Bronson Pelletier Jared Cameron
Boo Boo Stewart Seth Clearwater
Kiowa Gordon Embry Call
Alex Meraz Paul Lahote
Tyson Houseman Quil Ateara V
Julia Jones Leah Clearwater
Swo-wo Gabriel Brady Fuller
Brayden Jimmie Collin Littlesea
Tinsel Korey Emily Young
Alex Rice Sue Clearwater
Caitlin Mooney-Fu Kim

Volturi

Actor Role
Michael Sheen Aro
Jamie Campbell Bower Caius
Christopher Heyerdahl Marcus
Daniel Cudmore Felix
Charlie Bewley Demetri
Dakota Fanning Jane
Cameron Bright Alec
Lateef Crowder Dos Santos Santiago
Casey Unterman Volturi guard
Ashley Hebert Volturi guard
Tyler Forrest Volturi guard

Denali Coven

Actor Role
MyAnna Buring Tanya Denali
Casey LaBow Kate Denali
Christian Camargo Eleazar Denali
Mia Maestro Carmen Denali
Maggie Grace Irina Denali
Lee Pace Garrett
Andrea Powell Sasha

Egyptian Coven

Actor Role
Rami Malek Benjamin
Omar Metwally Amun
Andrea Gabriel Kebi
Angela Sarafyan Tia

Irish Coven

Actor Role
Marlane Barnes Maggie
Lisa Howard Siobhan
Patrick Brennan Liam

Amazon Coven

Actor Role
Judi Shekoni Zafrina
Tracey Heggins Senna

Romanian Coven

Actor Role
Noel Fisher Vladimir
Guri Weinberg Stefan

French Coven

Actor Role
Amadou Ly Henri
Janelle Froelich Yvette

Nomads

Actor Role
Joe Anderson Alistair
Toni Trucks Mary
Bill Tangradi Randall
Erik Odom Peter
Valorie Curry Charlotte
J.D. Pardo Nahuel
Marisa Quinn Huilen
Masami Kosaka Toshiro
Christine Craft Regusa Aro's Witness #1
Salomon Passariello Aro's Witness #2
Vivian Fleming-Alvarez Aro's Witness #3
Tammi Arender Aro's Witness #4
Lindsay Small Aro's Witness #5

Humans

Actor Role
Wendell Pierce J. Jenks

Leaks and lawsuit

Leaks

When the filming started on November 7, 2010 in the Lapa District and Paraty, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leaked set photos and footage videos surfaced online. Summit Entertainment responded to the leaks by removing the photos and videos from YouTube, fansites, and gossip websites. On January 13, 2011, scans of a still of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in one of their honeymoon scenes in an Entertainment Weekly article ran online, prior to the magazine's official release of the still. On March 31 and April 1, 2011, a mass leak of a 14-second video and numerous low-quality stills hit the Internet, resulting to enthusiastic fan reaction and speculations that the film wouldn't be able to maintain a PG-13 rating.

Summit Entertainment official statement saying:

As some of you may know, pictures and screen grabs of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as a work in progress have leaked on the internet. We are extremely proud of this film and also extremely heartbroken to see it out there at this stage. The film and these images are not yet ready or in their proper context. They were illegally obtained and their early dissemination is deeply upsetting to the actors, the filmmakers and Summit who are working so hard to bring these movies to fruition to you in November 2011 and November 2012. Please, for those who are posting, stop. And please, though the temptation is high, don't view or pass on these images. Wait for the film in its beautiful, finished entirety to thrill you. Sincerely, Stephenie Meyer, Bill Condon, Wyck Godfrey and Summit Entertainment.

Additionally, the teaser trailer for Part 1 leaked online hours before its debut at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.

Lawsuit

On August 1, 2011, Summit released a press release announcing the identification of some of the alleged people responsible for the leak of images and video from Breaking Dawn on March 31 and April 1 and the decision to take legal action. Summit claimed that the leak came from Posadas, Argentina, but due to the possibility that other people might be involved in the leak, the investigation is still ongoing. The only person Summit named was a woman called Daiana Santia, resident in Posadas, allegedly being involved in the group that stole the images and footage. Civil action has been filed in the U.S. and Argentina, while criminal action has also been filed in Argentina. Summit hired law firm Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP to search four continents, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia, to find the other people behind the leak.

On the other hand, Santia hosted a press conference in her town and denied Summit's claims. She claimed that she only saw the images "while surfing the Internet" and didn't send them to anyone. She also stated that she didn't log in anywhere to see them and denies having the technical knowledge of hacking, specifically saying that she "in no way be considered a "hacker" because [she] has no computer skills other than simple user level". Her attorney confirmed that Santia and her family are considering a counterclaim against Summit due to defamation of character and continual harassment by the film's producers who kept requesting that she would let them check her computer to see if she still has the images on her hard disk, although she refused more than once claiming that she is innocent and her computer contains personal items. Her attorney called the situation "a harm to privacy and personal right".

Summit's official response to the press conference said, "First and most important this is NOT about greed or the Studio wanting to bully a woman from a small town in Argentina – rather, it is about stolen material that is private and sensitive which was obtained by illegally accessing private/secure servers as well as personal email accounts." Summit gave details about the case stating that the studio has been in contact with Santia since May 2011, but "with no resolution or further good faith efforts on their part, thus the only alternative left was to pursue legal action to ascertain that Ms. Santia no longer holds the images and video in any shape or form. In the response, Summit announced the following claims:

Specifically on June 8, 2011 Ms. Santia confessed in the presence of her attorney that she accessed servers and email accounts via a systematic attack — stealing photographs, unfinished images and video footage over several months. Additionally there is indisputable evidence linking her directly to IP addresses that were used in the unauthorized access. Her actions appear to be premeditated and not done on a whim, but rather using technology and tactics that require thought as well as time and skill. Because Ms. Santia decided that she does not want to cooperate, Summit has been unable to settle this matter privately with Ms. Santia and her representatives in Argentina.

Music

In January 2012, it was revealed that the soundtrack that accompanies Breaking Dawn - Part 2 has started production.

A song by the band Iko was featured in an exclusive scene of the movie, and it was announced in July that they would be on the soundtrack.

In July, the electropop band Passion Pit was the first band announced for the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack. Passion Pit's song titled "I Think We'll Be Alright" was featured in an exclusive clip from Comic Con 2012.

Trivia

  • Breaking Dawn is the only two-part movie in the series.
  • All the films have all been in a certain tint. Twilight: blue; New Moon: gold; Eclipse: gray; Breaking Dawn - Part 1: red; Breaking Dawn - Part 2: yellow.
  • Both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn were filmed as one whole movie over several months.
  • This film had a $75 million dollar budget, making it the highest out of every Twilight installment filmed.

See also

References

  1. Steven Zeitchik (2008-11-14). 'Twilight' film franchise looks ahead. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2008-12-13.
  2. Larry Carroll (2009-02-23). 'Twilight' Star Robert Pattinson Talks 'New Moon,' 'Eclipse' And 'Breaking Dawn'. MTV. Retrieved on 2009-03-03.
  3. Nadya Vlassoff (2009-07-04). Twilight Filming Set for Breaking Dawn After New Moon and Eclipse. The Deadbolt. Retrieved on 2009-07-05.
  4. Gina McIntyre (2009-07-16). On the set: 'New Moon' on the rise. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-07-16.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Breaking Dawn FAQ. StephenieMeyer.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-07.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Big Questions Surround the Final 'Twilight' Film. Retrieved on 2009-12-03.
  7. Screenwriter Says Twilight: Breaking Dawn Will Be Hotter
  8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twilight_Saga:_Breaking_Dawn


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