Considering the massive success of TWILIGHT this weekend, on top of the announcement that Summit Entertainment have optioned the remaining 3 books in the TWILIGHT saga, it comes as no surprise that the production company has officially confirmed NEW MOON has been greenlit. Variety reports, "Summit made the widely expected announcement Saturday morning. "Twilight" generated first-day grosses of $35.7 million from 3,419 playdates on Friday — including $7 million from Thursday midnight shows.
The vampire thriller’s a ready-made franchise for Summit with four books in Stephenie Meyer’s series, which have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. "New Moon" is the second title in the series and is centered on Edward Cullen leaving Bella Swan in order to keep her safe from other vampires. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart play the leads in the film.
"I don’t think any other author has had a more positive experience with the makers of her movie adaptation than I have had with Summit Entertainment," Meyer said in a statement. "Twilight" had been expected to open in the $50 million to $60 million range, although it looks likely to end up above that."
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TWILIGHT clip from MTV right HERE!
TWILIGHT sequels announced HERE!
See a new behind-the-scenes TWILIGHT video HERE!
EW multiple covers right HERE!
See 2 TWILIGHT TV Spots and the international trailer right HERE!
Check out a slew of pictures HERE!
2 EW portraits right HERE!
See the new theatrical trailer HERE!
See the final theatrical poster HERE!
Check out 2 Italian posters for TWILIGHT HERE!
2 more character posters HERE!
G4 behind the scenes featurette 2 right HERE!
G4 behind the scenes featurette 1 right HERE!