Summit also is eyeing another cost-cutting measure for the final installments. A deal is currently being negotiated to move the production to Louisiana (the first was shot in Portland and the second two in Vancouver and Italy). Luring "Twilight" would be a huge "get" for the state -- and, given the tax credits, a money-saver for the studio.
Over the weekend a couple of other articles hit the web, including one from The Advertiser which included a quote from a Summit representative:
Hans-Dieter Kopal, a spokesman for Summit, said via e-mail that the release date for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn was the only news to report on the project.There was also a very insightful piece by New Orleans newspaper The Times Picayune, that you might want tor read in its entirety. But here's a bit:
"There is also no production news to share or estimated time of when anything will be announced," he said.
An inquiry to Summit went unanswered this week, and officials with the state film office were mum, which is standard procedure when courting a high-profile production.And finally today, some "possible" concrete news, that may have Vancouver Twilight fans weeping. ( I mean it. I know them.) A follow-up article by that same Times Picayune writer:
"I can't confirm or deny anything," Louisiana Entertainment film honcho Chris Stelly said in a statement provided by his office. "But our office is hearing the same rumors that have been on the Internet, and we'll do what we can to make it happen if it is, indeed, reality."
Translation: If the "Twilight" folks are sniffing around, Stelly and his office have no intention of being the ones to scare them away with too much publicity. But with neither party talking, it's unclear exactly how serious the production is about shooting here, or even what part of the state they're eyeballing.
The second, more telling, development comes in the form of incorporation papers filed last week with the Louisiana Secretary of State's office by an agent for Summit and establishing a new corporate entity called "TSBD LOUISIANA, L.L.C." -- which would seem to stand for "Twilight: Saga Breaking Dawn."Leave it to a journalist to uncover the "possible" truth. Again, Summit has not confirmed they are moving production to Louisiana, but things appear to be headed in that direction. What do you think about this latest news? let us know in the comments section below. And stay tuned for the latest updates!
Of course, filing incorporation papers is a long way from booking soundstages and crewing up -- but as early signs go, it's a good one that there might be truth to these rumors.