It’s Official: Condon to helm ‘Twilight’

'Dreamgirls' director set for 'Breaking Dawn'

Summit Entertainment has closed its deal with helmer Bill Condon to close out the “Twilight” saga.

Condon had been in negotiations for several weeks to direct “Breaking Dawn” — the final tome in author Stephenie Meyer’s four-book vampire series. The deal was expected to close quickly, with no major sticking points between the two sides.

Summit made the official announcement Wednesday.

“I’m very excited to get the chance to bring the climax of this saga to life on-screen,” Condon said in a statement. “As fans of the series know, this is a one-of-a-kind book – and we’re hoping to create an equally unique cinematic experience.”

Condon’s credits include writing and directing “Dreamgirls,” “Kinsey” and “Gods and Monsters.” He also penned the screenplay for “Chicago.” He recently directed the pilot episode for the Showtime series “The Big C” and produced the 81st Annual Academy Awards telecast.

Summit has not yet announced if “Breaking Dawn,” which marks the last chapter in the love story of bloodsucker Edward and mortal Bella, will be broken into two films although it’s widely expected to do so.

Catherine Hardwicke helmed the first pic, while Chris Weitz directed the second, “New Moon.” David Slade was behind the camera for the third, the upcoming “Eclipse,” which opens June 30. Scribe Melissa Rosenberg has adapted each installment and is currently working on the fourth pic. Summit said Wednesday that stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will return and that Wyck Godfrey, Karen Rosenfelt, and Stephenie Meyer will produce.

Condon is repped by WME and Anonymous Content.

Update: Director inks for ‘Dawn’

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