Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Eclipse
Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson in David Slade‘s The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Directed by Bill Condon, and starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final installment of the über-popular Twilight Saga franchise about vampires, humans, and werewolves in love, will be released on November 16, 2012, Summit Entertainment has announced.

That’s nearly four years after the first Twilight broke into the global cinematic consciousness on Nov. 21, 2008, making stars out of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as the half-undead/half-nearly-dead couple. (I mean, Stewart’s Bella Swan almost gets bumped off just about every time you turn the page in Stephenie Meyer‘s novel.)

Taylor Lautner’s stardom came later, in the fall of 2009, when The Twilight Saga: New Moon opened to record-shattering box-office figures.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, to be shot along with Part 2 in Vancouver and Louisiana next fall, is scheduled to open November 18, 2011, nearly 17 months after The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

Eclipse, one might add, should be passing the $300m milestone at the domestic box office within the next ten days. No wonder Summit has chosen to stretch Twilight‘s cash-cow endowments well into 2013 (DVD/VOD/etc.).

Adapted by Melissa Rosenberg, who has penned all the Twilight movies, Breaking Dawn Part 2 will feature Bella (Stewart) as a (newborn) vampire, stronger than Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and even big, beefy, bulky Emmett (Kellan Lutz). She and Edward now have a daughter, a weird hybrid named Renesmee (I hope they’ll come up with a creepy cgi baby) who can transmit thoughts to people and who becomes the object of Jacob Black’s (Lautner) "imprinting" affection.

More bizarre stuff happens when the Volturi clan decides to make life miserable for the Cullen family, of which Edward — and now Bella — are members.

Renesmee is at the core of their concerns, or rather, she’s the perfect excuse for the powerful Volturi to get rid of the increasingly powerful Cullens, who also happen to be a threat to the vampiric(al) establishment because of their subversive ways — i.e., they don’t kill humans and have special "talents."

With The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, twifans & twihaters alike will have their last chance to cheer/sneer at Bella’s, Edward’s, and Jacob’s assorted entanglements. That should be an experience to be savored. CREDITS TO ALTFG.COM