Vampires' four-play

Pattinson toplines another in 'Twilight' saga

Robert Pattinson, who shot to stardom in "Twilight" and is filming the second and third movies in the franchise, said here Tuesday that there will be a fourth installment in the vampire franchise based on the book "Breaking Dawn."

Pattinson said he is committed to starring in the film but doesn't know when backer Summit Entertainment will begin production because of the actor's jam-packed shooting schedule.

Fans have been hoping for a movie version of the fourth novel in Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series, so Pattinson's commitment is the biggest fillip yet. The fourth book (caution: spoiler alert) centers on Bella and Edward's marriage and her subsequent pregnancy.

Dropping in on the Croisette on his way to shooting the final four days of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" on Friday in Italy, Pattinson said he is heading back to Vancouver in October to finish "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," the third installment in the series. In between, the British actor, who turned 23 last week, plans to star in his passion project, "Remember Me," which Summit also is producing.

The script adaptation for "Moon" beefs up his character's role considerably; in the book, Edward is a "a voice in Bella's head," he said.

"You're playing a figment in Bella's imagination, so I was trying to do it in a 2-D way," Pattinson said with a laugh. "I hope it doesn't translate onscreen as being boring."

The hardworking actor will take a few days off after completing "Moon" before the start of the "Remember Me" shoot. He plans three days off after an eight-week planned shoot for "Remember Me" before finishing "Eclipse" by October.

Pattinson said that while "Remember Me" is difficult to describe, it's very much about him, and he felt a connection with it after reading the script last summer. The main protagonist is a 23-year-old man who spends six weeks after meeting someone working out whether he is in love. (partialdiff)