Bill Condon got off on the right foot with Twilight fans when he released a public note that expressed his enthusiasm for the franchise and his positive feelings about being the director of Breaking Dawn. Now he has amassed a production team for the two-part finale that is almost impressive enough to get even Twilight haters excited (note the heavy emphasis on "almost").
Condon broke the news about his Breaking Dawn production crew on The Twilight Saga Facebook page and had the following bit to say to those enviously awaiting the next chapter in the continuing story of Bella (Kristen Stewart), vampiric Edward (Robert Pattinson), and shape-shifter Jacob (Taylor Lautner):
Hello fans! Has it really been five months (and a day) since my last dispatch? In my defense, they've been five months spent immersed in the world of TWILIGHT - something I'm sure you can all appreciate. We're in the thick of pre-production now, juggling everything from casting to storyboarding to location scouting, getting it all ready to go, but I do want to take a moment to announce to you exclusively a few of the amazing production team members who are hard at work alongside me, bringing these movies to life. I hope you'll be as excited about them as I am.
That team includes: director of photography Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth); costume designer Michael Wilkinson (300 and Watchmen); makeup designer Jean Black (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button); production designer Richard Sherman (Gods and Monsters); and visual FX supervisor John Bruno (Avatar). If not a one of those associated film titles rings a bell, well, we're not sure what to do with you.
The inclusion of Jean Black in the production crew of Breaking Dawn is particularly fitting, given previous speculation about how Bella and Edward's vampire/human hybrid child, Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), could be brought to life using techniques similar to those employed in Benjamin Button.
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Everyone that Condon has brought onboard has demonstrated their technical prowess in previous films and should collaborate to make Breaking Dawn a visually gorgeous production. That does not change the fact that Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg will not stray far from Stephenie Meyer's source material, which features the standard Twilight mix of brooding drama and romance - and by now you know whether that is something you love or detest with a passion.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 arrives in theaters on November 18th, 2011. Part 2 will follow almost a year later on November 16th, 2012.