Plans to shoot scenes from the second half of “Breaking Dawn” — the final installment in the “Twilight” series — in Brazil may have hit a snag as a result of violence in the country.
According to Agence France-Presse, Summit Entertainment, the production company behind the hit vampire series, planned to begin shooting in Rio de Janeiro within the next few weeks. However, due to a situation in which gang members held 35 guests hostage in the city’s Intercontinental Hotel, and a subsequent shoot-out that left one person dead, the future of the film’s production in Rio has reportedly been jeopardized.
RioFilme, a Brazilian film investment agency, said that Summit was discussing the issue with government officials. In a statement to RadarOnline.com, Summit insisted that no decision about abandoning production in the South American nation has been made.
“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,” the company said.
However, according to a RioFilme executive, if the smash film series touches down in the country, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart may not head to Brazil until the fall.
“If part of the filming of ‘Dawn’ comes rolling in Rio, will be in November/December. OK?” CEO Sergio Sa Leitao said in a message re-tweeted by the agency’s Twitter account. “And nothing more can be said until we close.”
Summit announced in June that “Breaking Dawn” would be divided into two parts. The first of the two films is scheduled to hit theaters on November 18, 2011.