Blame it on Rio that Edward and Bella are looking for a new place to honeymoon. In the book Breaking Dawn, they spend their marital vacation on an island off the coast of Brazil, and I guess the filming of this opening section of the Bill Condon-directed adaptation (which will play out over two films) would have therefore brought the production to Rio de Janeiro. According to the AFP, however, Summit Entertainment is afraid to bring stars Kristen Stewartand Robert Pattinson to shoot in the city after a hostage situation right out of a Jose Padilha movie (yes, I'm trying to get Twilight fans to check out Brazilian cinema) occurred at a tourist-filled hotel.

"The real-life drama on Saturday of drug gang members taking 35 people hostage in Rio's Intercontinental Hotel as they tried to escape police has proved scarier to the production crew than the fictional vampires and werewolves they deal with," writes the AFP reporter. Har har, but seriously the majority of the hotel's 1550 guests were fine, as the Rocinha favela gang only held 35 hostages, mainly staff, and the single person killed was a female gang member. So, as Rio officials insist, the Breaking Dawn crew and the $1 million they planned to spend in the city should still come down.
If not there, where else could Summit film scenes meant to be on fictional private Isle Esme? I'm sure any tropical locale will do, and if the couple's view is really supposed to look out at Rio, well that can be managed with special effects, I'm sure. The main issue here seems to be that if Twilight backs out there is reason to believe more attention will be drawn on the safety concerns of Rio in the years leading up to a partial World Cup hosting in 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics being held there.

Personally I think Summit should risk it, and if worse comes to worse and Stewart and Pattinson are held hostage for a few hours, there's an extra movie to market to the fans thanks to all the close-up TV coverage of the incident the local TV cameras will provide. Bus 174 Part II: Twi-Harder would be the highest-grossing documentary of all time, I'm positive.
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