'Breaking Dawn' stops production in Vancouver

As reports of the tsunami’s effect on Japan began to trickle in Friday, early signs indicated that the evacuation of “The Twighlight Saga: Breaking Dawn” cast from the Vancouver Island beach area in British Columbia was the only production affected by the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

In Japan, several internet and TV reports showed that flooding and quake damage had forced 69,000 guests to stay overnight at Tokyo Disneyland and adjacent water park Tokyo DisneySea. Both parks will be closed until experts can assesss and repair the damage, according to a statement from Oriental Land Co., which runs the resort. The company had not confirmed any injuries relating to disaster.

There have also been rumblings that Sony’s DVD and Blu-ray factories have been shut down, although Sony was unavailable to confirm those reports as of late Friday.

Summit Entertainment said Friday morning, “Due to the tsunami advisory, filming of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn’ has been delayed. All cast and crew were evacuated to the movie production’s base camp. Everyone is safe and sound.”

A spokesman for Summit said it’s uncertain when filming will resume but was told it should not be too long.

One coincidence of note: Guillermo del Toro just last week said he was ankling “At the Mountains of Madness” for Universal to take over Legendary Pictures’ “Pacific Rim,” which focuses on a disaster that unleashes monsters who wreak even more destruction on Japan. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the earthquake and tsunami would have any bearing on pre-production or the tone of pic’s story.

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