Last month, Summit Entertainment announced that their big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn, the fourth novel in her popular Twilight series, would be broking up into two films.
Now, Summit has announced that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn movies will be filmed in both Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the United States and Vancouver, BC in Canada over the next year starting this Fall, with the first film to be released on November 18, 2011. The release date for the second film has not been announced yet.
Directing both films is Bill Condon, with stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner returning to the franchise along with Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, and Kellan Lutz as Emmett.
A full synopsis has not been released, but here’s the brief one that Summit put out.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN illuminates the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
I have yet to read Breaking Dawn, so I don’t really understand the significance of filming the movies in part in Louisiana; I’ve asked around to some fans and it’s unclear to those I’ve asked as well.
The second and third films were mostly filmed in Vancouver, which is meant to be the setting of Forks, Washington, home of the Cullen vampire clan. Vancouver was made the new location after weather in Washington and Oregon proved too difficult on the first film, Twilight.
I’m curious as to what will be filmed in Baton Rouge, LA, and why. If anyone knows or has an educated guess, leave it for us in the comments section.