Plans to shoot "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn" in Brazil have been thrown into jeopardy. Summit Entertainment has planned to start the production of the last installment of "Twilight" film franchise in Rio de Janeiro within the next few weeks, but they are now reconsidering the plans after a deadly shoot-out and hostage taking place at the luxury InterContinental Hotel on Saturday, August 21.
During the drama, 35 guests were held on hostage by gang members and one person was dead at the subsequent shoot-out. The InterContinental's general manager, Michel Chertouh, told Hotel Check-In on Tuesday, August 24 that the hotel is back to business as usual, but AFP reports the "Twilight" cast and crew are spooked by the incident.
RioFilme, a Brazilian film investment agency, says Summit has discussed the issue with government officials. Meanwhile, the studio has released a statement via Radar Online that they have not made a decision about abandoning production in the South American nation. "The possibility of filming portions of 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' in Brazil has always been under consideration and we are continuing to scout locations within the country," Summit states.
If "Breaking Dawn" is indeed shooting in Brazil, lead stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may not head to the country until the fall, a RioFilme executive claims. "If part of the filming of 'Dawn' comes rolling in Rio, will be in November/December. OK?" CEO Sergio Sa Leitao further says in a message re-tweeted by the agency's Twitter account. "And nothing more can be said until we close."
"Breaking Dawn" has been confirmed to be split into two movies; "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" which is due in the U.S. November 18, 2011 and "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part II" which is slated for November 16, 2012 release. Bill Condon is on board to direct both films, which will also be shot in Louisiana and Vancouver.