While New Moon threatens to become the new Dark Knight, Summit Entertainment are pondering what to do with the last book in the series: Make it into a movie, or make it into two movies?
By splitting Breaking Dawn into two separate movies, Summit would be following in Warners' Harry Potter footsteps; that studio will release the final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in two installments on November 2010 and July 2011 respectively. But while such a move would mean the chance for two box office smashes instead of one, it also means renegotiating the contracts for the franchise's stars, as well as entering into new negotiations for approval from Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer.
Complicating matters is the choice of director; Summit are said to be eager for New Moon's Chris Weitz to return, but he may not be available, having already lined up his next project... which is also a Summit project, and still requiring final approval. Would the studio bribe Weitz by promising to greenlight whatever he wants? Will Meyer stand in the way of another movie? Will we have to deal with Twihards for longer than we'd originally thought? Only time will tell.
Summit's 'Twilight' dilemma [Variety]