‘Twilight’ sequel ‘New Moon’ gets the greenlight from Summit

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UPDATE: ‘Twilight’ will take in a staggering $70.6 million for the weekend. How many times are you going to see it?

Good news ‘Twilight’ fans — ‘New Moon’ is officially on the way.

After news broke that the film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance made a big $35.7 million in its first day of release — the second biggest opening day gross outside of summer after ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’ — Summit greenlighted production on the sequel ‘New Moon.’


Here’s the word from Summit Entertainment:

Los Angeles, CA November 22, 2008 — Summit Entertainment announced today that the studio is officially moving forward with the production of NEW MOON, the second installment of its filmed franchise TWILIGHT, the action-packed, modern day vampire love story. The movie will be based on the second novel in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, titled New Moon. The first movie in the TWILIGHT franchise, the self-titled TWILIGHT, arrived in theaters this weekend to sold-out showings.Stephenie Meyer stated, ‘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. I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with them again on NEW MOON.’

This isn’t a big surprise. But, given the early fan reaction — which has ranged from ecstasy to, well, plain unhappy -- is this a good thing? (Or is that a stupid question?)

Is there anything you’d like to see that was left out of ‘Twilight’ included in the ‘New Moon’ movie? (Say, Carlisle’s history with the Volturi, perhaps?)

And what about the Jacob dilemma? Is someone starting a ‘Keep Taylor Lautner’ campaign? Do you all want to see him as older-looking werewolf Jacob? If not, which actors would you like to see cast in the role?

As usual, I want to hear all your thoughts and concerns. Leave them below!

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— Denise Martin

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