'Twilight' (Summit Entertainment)"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror." As Obi-Wan Kenobi might have said, the rumor that the fourth Twilight movie may be gearing up production for next year may cause millions to cry out in terror, even as hardcore fans squeal in delight.

Breaking Dawn is "in the works," according to The Wrap, though the actual "work" will not begin until the late spring of next year. Their source is "an individual close to the production," though a spokesperson for Summit Entertainment, which owns the rights to Stephenie Meyer's novel, declined to confirm or deny the rumor.

New Moon, the sequel to Twilight, began production in Vancouver last month, "setting Vancouver abuzz for weeks," says The Wrap, "with fans following the production around from location to location, often alerting each other via Twitter." (Maybe that's why Robert Pattinson's embarassing injury got noticed.) Filming under the direction of Chris Weitz is scheduled to conclude late next month, with Eclipse set for release on November 20. Meanwhile, production on Eclipse, the third film, is slated to begin in late summer, with a tentative release date of next summer. A director for that project has not yet been announced, though we know it's not Drew Barrymore.

The Wrap thinks that Breaking Dawn "would logically be scheduled for release before the end of next year," but I'm not sure why Summit needs to maintain such a breakneck pace. Are they hoping to shove the films out before the Twilight fervor subsides? Wouldn't it be better to slow down a little and make the best movies possible out of material that's beloved by millions? That might help them avoid the missteps of the first film. People will wait for good movies.

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