‘Twilight’ the musical? No, but ‘Breaking Dawn’ director is auditioning for fans

May 04, 2010 | 12:12 a.m.
Bill Condon

Film directors usually sit back and watch others audition, but not Bill Condon, who has just won the directing job for “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn” but still sounds like he’s seeking approval. The Oscar-winning filmmaker posted the following letter on Facebook last Friday:

Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I’m stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you’ve probably heard, I’ve been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit – who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I’m pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: 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. 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.

Like many of you, I’ve always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn’t been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I’ve been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don’t think it’s difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy – and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I’m a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I’ll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I’ll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won’t be any musical numbers

Interesting to watch how the modern axis of Hollywood makes it twist and spin in such different ways than it used to — the Internet has given fans a unified forum that can amplify and narrow public opinion with breakneck force. Still, over at 24 Frames, Condon was taking heat for the undercurrent neediness in his posted letter. It will be interesting to the watch the public courtship of the Twi-hards.

– Geoff Boucher

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PHOTO: Bill Condon in New York (Jennifer S. Altman/For The Times)

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27 Responses to ‘Twilight’ the musical? No, but ‘Breaking Dawn’ director is auditioning for fans

  1. Samantha Vasquez says:

    I, personal can not wait to see how the last book is going to be put into a movie. So many things happen so fast and twisted it was sooo hard to put the book down. From the breath taking romance, to the tears that fall from the love that is in between the family that came together as one, to the evil that is to come fourth and the ending that has all the emotions in one that just takes the breath, tears and love to shut the book. HHhhhh I can picture the characters, hear their voices saying the words, doing their magic roles, I hear all the words from the book come alive when I reread the book. I hope it is going to be just as good as I can imagine it.

  2. Julie says:

    Well, Hot Topic may just want to come visit for ideas! We have high expectations for the final culmination of the many story lines. Don't let us down (and especially don't piss off the Swedes!).

  3. Z-girl says:

    I have a question. Will Renesmee be one of the girls the TWIHARDS have chosen or will she be CGI? If she is CGI will you be able to make her look as good as she is described. Also what locations do you think is appropriate for BD? will you go to Forks or Vancouver or maybe stay close to the honeymoon site Brazil? I honestly think BD should be two movies or three like the book I don't know how to split it up without the three but i think someone will figure it out. Will the vampires get new whigs again cuz vamps aren't suppost to change but the whigs always do for the TWI Saga?
    Thanks for considering to answer my questions I know u r busy so i'm not expecting any replys I just wanted my questions out there well good luck with BREAKING DAWN this has the biggest cast so major good lucks to you
    God bless you and everyone

  4. Kellie says:

    im really looking forward to see breaking dawn come to life. i hope they dnt cut to much out of the movie. i hope they put one of fav scenes in when bella and Emmett have an arm wrestling comp. Please dnt let us down. i hope the movie will be split into 2 movies

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  6. Sadi says:

    This movie has A LOT of expectations to live up to, and hopefully, you can make it as close to the book as possible. Any chance for an R rating? This book has some of the best sex, violence, and gore, and i hope to see that on the big screen. I believe one movie should end as Bella opens her eyes as a vamp. And the second movie be of her learning her amazing powers, Renesmee, the endless drama that is the Cullens/Werewolves, and everything else thats so addicting in this book. Good luck!! I know all Twihards are looking forward to this, whether they are Team Jacob, Edward or Switz like I am.

  7. Jerri says:

    I am a true Twilight Mom…Excited for the last book to come to life in movie form. However, my concern is the talk about whether or not people want racier scences. In the book, the honeymoon/birthing scences do leave a distinct image in your mind of how it should be done. Makes you wonder what Hollywood is going to do about that. I was just saying to my husband the other day, "How are they going to get around not showing nudity"; atleast partial. The book does paint the scences in your mind of how it may happen. I would hate for those scences to be cut short or bypassed because Hollywood doesn't know how to work around that issue. I personally think the movie can be done in good taste without being to racy but still show the sensuality along with the innocents of Bella and Edwards relationship. I'm hoping you can stay true to the book and relate that to the big screen in a big way. It would be a real shame to not capture the love, romance, and purity of the book. Along with the unity of vampire and werewolf coming together as one entity to fight against what is right. Showing what true friendship and family ties mean. I can only imagaine in my mind what it will be like. As I recall each scence in my mind from the book. As it replays and replays again. I just can't wait…November seems so far away. I know the movie will be great but just stay true the book.

  8. Danielle Lowrie ( to says:

    Hey!! I am soooo excited for you directing Breaking Dawn. You are amazing at directing. I am 14 and am very interested in acting and always have been and was wondering are you doing any audition's for siobhan from Ireland? I am from Ireland and fit her description.
    I would love if you got back to me at drocksbusybee@hotmail.com or twilightsno1fan@hotmail.com
    Thank you!XXXXXXX

  9. kathie landrum says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this letter to the fans. It really opened my mind to the possibilities you are willing to take to make this a great film.
    Please do the one thing I have yet to see in the first two films, please have more dialogue between the characters…..that is the very thing that attracted me to this series. Twilight left out a lot of it, where New Moon had more and I enjoyed it so much better than the first. Just a suggestion from a fan!

  10. C says:

    - please don't "hollywoodize" or make this into an action movie, this is a love story that has action, i think that has gotten lost in the second movie, we'll see about the third. – please make sure you catch the feelings of the characters.
    - please bring back the blue tone as seen in the first movie, the extreme lingering close-up shots, the amazing cold wet rainforest shots that make you want to visit forks, and the subtleties that you only notice if you've read the bookS. And also the music (score and soundrack) were fenaminal, please hire those people who were in charge for that again, it really made a huge difference! – one more thing, it was so stylized, really like that.

  11. Heather Summerlin says:

    How many movies do you know there will be? I really want to know!

  12. Alyse Marie says:

    will there be a casting call i was called for eclipse but didnt make the dead line and i want to try agian.

  13. Brandon Sainte says:

    Hello Mr. Bill Condon. I was wondering when will you be holding auditions for Breaking Dawn. I would love to be apart of the cast and expirence what it is like to be on set, and see how everything works whil emaking a movie. If you could email me back that would be wonderful. Thank you

  14. Christina Alves says:

    I can't wait. I'm really excited for Breaking Dawn. I'm kind of obessed with the whole story from the Twilight series. I've always been fascinated with vampires myself since i was a little girl. So good luck!

  15. Lety Rodriguez says:

    just wanted to ask information about auditions for Renesmee role?

  16. Christina Alves says:

    I would love to be a part of it.

  17. Naomi Cahill says:

    Hey, I'm very interested in auditioning for a role in breaking dawn.My name is Naomi and I'm a 19 year old girl from Ireland. I really believe I have what it takes.Could you please email me the information on auditions which will be held in Ireland? Thanks a million,
    Naomi
    cahillnaomi@hotmail.co.uk

  18. raymond hayes says:

    hi there i would like to be in breaking dawn i am 13 years old and i would love to play the part of a kid werewolf thank you

  19. raymond hayes says:

    sorry i made a mistake a kid werewolf thank you

  20. raymond hayes says:

    hi there i would like to play in breaking dawn as a kid werewolf i am 13 years old thank you and please e mail me thank you

  21. Rudy Gonzale Mora says:

    hellow o Hola
    bueno yo soy chileno y me intereza mucho poder participar en la pelicula Breaking Dawn o amanecer he seguido la serie con mucho interes bueno eso saludos adios.

  22. Kate says:

    But are the auditions being held yet?

  23. Juliet F says:

    Congratulations on becoming director of this amazing movie. I was just wondering if there will be any auditions held for the role of Soibhan-a member of the irish vampire clan. I, myself, am irish. I have naturally pale skin and a real 'irish look'. I am fourtheen years old but apparently have an older, mature apperance. Also, might I mention, I am a MAJOR twilight fan-a twihard, and have been since the start. It has been my personal dream to have any role in one of the saga films. I am so passionate about Twilight and have countlessly read the four books and have seen the films a thousand times! Although I would do anything in the world for this role, I must hand it to my sister, Lauren. She is twenty-one years old; also has the authentic Irish look and is quite attractive; and, of course, an amazing actress. She attended RADA for first college year, and is currently finishing her three-year course in the American Academy of Arts. She is amazing and is so dedicated to acting which is why I am giving you my strong recommendation. Thank you for taking your time to read this. -Juliet Farrell

  24. gf says:

    Um, you people do realize that this post was written on Facebook and THAT is where he's taking questions, right? Not here.
    And timeless characters, really? Once the hype dies down and logic breaks through, history is going to remember the Twilight series for the hype alone. Not for its characters, who are all rather lame, really.
    Seriously. Rob Pattinson doesn't even like the characters in the book. You expect history to?

  25. samantha says:

    I was just wondering if your will be holding auditions for extras

  26. martin says:

    lol, this is really out of control, e-mail me back, I would like to be the next star (girl) in the movie… breaking dawn. thank you.

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