Bill Condon On Directing Upcoming "Twilight" Movies: I'm "Bringing Myself Up to Speed"

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    What will Bill Condon bring to "Breaking Dawn"?

    Spoiler! Fans hoping to see Edward and Bella break into song and dance in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" are going to be disappointed.

    "There won't be any musical numbers," newly named director Bill Condon, whose last film was the Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson-starring "Dreamgirls," said of the upcoming fourth "Twilight Saga" film in a note posted on Facebook.

    Like previous directors Chris Weitz and David Slade, the director introduced himself to "Twilight" diehards with an online letter, reassuring them that he's "bringing myself up to speed" on the beloved vampire series.

    "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," he wrote. "A corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic."

    The "Gods and Monsters" and "Candyman: Farewell To The Flesh" director added that he's "been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones."

    "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," he said, adding, however, that it took a special project to get him to return to the horror world.

    "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," he wrote. "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."

    Condon concluded his letter by asking for questions in the comments section, which sparked over 2,000 responses. However, he did not comment on long-standing rumors that the plot-heavy "Breaking Dawn" will arrive as two films.

    "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the third film in the series, directed by Chris Weitz, is due June 30.

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