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Bill Condon Talks 'Breaking Dawn' Runtime, Renesmee and 'The Biggest Musical Number I've Ever Directed'

The behind the scenes drama involving Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson aside, the Twilight franchise comes to a close this November with Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Director Bill Condon spoke with MTV about the final film, revealing the final running time, Renesmee's characterization and a big musical number to close the film.

First, the running time. Condon says he's currently working on "the last big bunch of visual shots," and that "the running time is one hour and 56 minutes, one minute shorter than the first one and as such, I think the shortest of all of them."

Breaking Dawn – Part 2 showcases some new vampire powers, especially those of Bella and Edward's child, Renesmee. Condon spoke about how her powers will be portrayed onscreen.

"Her power, she touches somebody and she can show them what's in her head and that you develop. There are some visual things, but a lot of it is done through Carter Burwell's score, but then just recently in the mixing, Dane Davis, who is a brilliant sound designer, he did The Matrix and so many other movies, he had her just speak and read poetry and things like that, and he's turned it into hundreds of tracks. You don't actually hear words but it becomes the chattering of her voice, it's a very abstract effect that I've never heard before. It's really cool."

But what's up with this big musical finale? Are they all going to break-out in a choreographed dance sequence during the credits a la Slumdog Millionaire? Most likely not, as it appears Condon was just making an allegorical reference to his prior projects, Dreamgirls and Chicago, which he wrote.

"I would say the whole climax, I feel like it's the biggest musical number I've ever directed. It does feel, when you finally get the rhythm of that right, it makes it, I hope, very satisfying."

And as if that wasn't enough to entice Twilight fans, word is Stephenie Meyer and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg have cooked up a new, different ending for the film. Fans will have to wait until November 16 before they can check out the final Twilight film, but you can scroll down for a couple of new images courtesy of MTV.

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