What do the words “Oscar winner,” “acclaimed,” and “talented” have in common? They all describe film director Bill Condon, which begs the question why is he seriously considering taking on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn? A few weeks ago when a shortlist of directors was released to the public he along with Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant, and Mark Waters were said to be in the running. Now we’re hearing that Condon is in the lead and close to making a deal, but why?

Over the past month meetings have been taking place between Summit Entertainment and their director prospects. Coppola dropped out early in the game when it was revealed that she only wanted to work on one installment of Breaking Dawn and not both. Van Sant, Waters, and Condon then went on to the next stage of negotiations and spoke with Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. From that point on the latter has moved forward as the top contender for the job and we’re currently awaiting confirmation from the studio.

For those of you who are wondering how they’ll section off Breaking Dawn’s story, sources tell EW that “the wedding, honeymoon, Bella’s pregnancy, and the birth will all be told in the first movie, while part two will focus on Bella’s transformation into a vampire and Jacob’s relationship with Renesmee Cullen.” That’s a lot of heavy material to cover for two films that will probably be written horribly despite their award winning direction.

Does Bill Condon have extreme debt looming over him? Does he have kids in college who need their tuition paid? Is a close relative being held captive at gunpoint? Other than those theories, I’m confused as to what logical reason he’d have for directing this movie.

Are you shocked that Condon is up for directing Breaking Dawn? Do you think he’s the right man for the job?