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

By: Derrick Deane on August 28, 2012 at 3:42PM Comments (7)

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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  • Sep 10th 2012 7:05PM

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    I just can't believe not only is the movie not like the book but then Bill takes the book and makes 2 movies that aren't even 2 hours long each. These movies should have been about 2.5 hours long. Renesmee is too old in the movie and where pretail is Bella's power. I'm just so disappointed in the whole process of the last movie. They should have gotten Chris Weitz or David Slade back, crap I'd even settle for Catherine Hardwicke. I just hope this isn't too far but from the trailers I've seen it's way off. Edward didn't go to the family to ask for help he stayed home with Bella and Renesmee........ just weird and off!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Sep 2nd 2012 7:08PM

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    There is no musical. The cast organized a flash mob and surprised Bill condon. It was a big prank the cast did for one take of the ending fight. It has been mentioned in quite a few interviews from the cast.

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  • Aug 29th 2012 4:58PM

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    hello

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  • Aug 29th 2012 10:24AM

    052152  said...

    Please do the ending the way it is written in the book, no musical please

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  • Aug 28th 2012 4:41PM

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    NO musical that would be super LAME. Stick to the book please. I'm a big fan of twilight. i've read the book dozens of times and saw the films a few times also.. so i would REALLY be upset if you change the ending and put a musical. PLEASE DO NOT ADD A MUSICAL!!! you know how much profit you would lose out if you did. SMH

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  • Aug 28th 2012 4:56PM

    sithlord519  said...

    why not a musical. twilight is all about depression and love. and the fighting is like a musical dance. you just dont understand the books and the directors message to the fans. why dont you read the books again and educate yourself before you make outlandish statements. throughout all the movies bella should have been singing because of her depression and love for two men. stupid *****.

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  • Aug 28th 2012 6:02PM

    DallasLatinaMFFL  said...

    OMG before u get all bent out of shape READ the article! "...as it appears Condon was just making an allegorical reference to his prior projects, Dreamgirls and Chicago, which he wrote..." There will be no musical!! That's absurd! As Goethe ending, I'm excited to see something more dramatic/interesting. I loooove the books but always felt there could've been more to the ending.

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