Producers of the hit box office franchise Twilight may abandon plans to shoot scenes for the series finale Breaking Dawn in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro after a deadly shootout there last weekend between police and a gang who took hostages in an upscale boutique hotel.
The two-part, Bill Condon-directed epic was set to film in Brazil, the setting of Edward and Bella’s honeymoon in the book, but after a situation in a Rio hotel in which gang bangers took 35 hostages, mostly foreign tourists, has the Twilight crew is getting cold feet.
AFP.com writes: “The real-life drama 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. After a blazing firefight that killed one person and wounded six others, the gang surrendered. There were 1,550 people in the hotel at the time. About 40 percent were foreigners, though none of them was hurt…”
Riofilme, the city’s agency for promoting movie production, is in chats with Twilight producers at Summit Entertainment in hopes of convincing them to not pull plans to shoot in Rio. The potential loss of Breaking Dawn could cost the poor city $1 million.