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Last week, Bill Condon was officially announced as director of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (the fourth installment in the film franchise). Since Condon's best-known film is the Beyonce-Jennifer Hudson-Eddie Murphy musical Dreamgirls -- not exactly a supernatural teen romance -- some fans greeted the news with skepticism. So on Friday night, the director himself hopped onto Twilight's Facebook page to reassure us: he's a die-hard Twi-hard.
"I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic," Condon, 54, writes in an open letter to fans. "I realize that this barely qualifies me for 'newborn' status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere."
Condon goes on to say that he's been obsessed with vampires since watching the TV show Dark Shadows as a kid. And he gently reminds his audience that he's already established his Gothic horror cred, with 1998's Frankenstein-themed Gods and Monsters. He also gushes about Stephenie Meyer's books ("her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern"), and the Twilight cast, "the already-iconic Kristen, Robert and Taylor." Condon concludes the note by inviting fans to ask him questions in the "comments" section -- now that's a brave man!
We skimmed nearly 3,000 Facebook responses so far, and the most popular questions for Condon seem to be: A, Will Breaking Dawn be one movie or two? (Condon does refer to "these movies" in his note, but it's unclear whether he's speaking about the previous films, or just the final installment), B, Given the violence and sex in the book, will the film be rated PG-13 or R? and C, How closely will the movie follow the book?
Given that more than 7,000 fans have hit the "like" button, we'd say Condon is getting off on the right foot.
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