Rumor: Stephenie Meyer's New Moon Already In Development
I'm hesitant to write about this, but I know it'll bring in the Twilight fans. One would assume that since the Twilight feature film already has an excessive amount of buzz surrounding it, the studio would already preparing the sequel. STYD reports that this indeed the case, although it's only a rumor at the moment. Summit Entertainment, the distributor who is putting out Twilight this December, has already optioned the rights to Stephenie Meyer's New Moon and is developing it for release in December of 2009. Although I'm not personally into the series at all, I'm going to give it the benefit of the doubt and say that it could potentially become a thrilling new vampire franchise similar to Harry Potter or the Saw series, but for pre-teen girls more than anything. Yes, I did just compare Twilight to Saw…
What I meant to say is that the Twilight series, from what I can tell, has a big and strong enough loyal following that it could easily become a self-supported franchise with new films being released each year. Summit could work through all four (or more) of the books, releasing them every December, as long as they continue to remain good and the fans continue to flock to the theaters in droves. The only way it might be able to achieve such success is if the first film becomes a mainstream hit that extends beyond just all of the fans of Stephenie Meyer's books. Is it possible? Sure, but I have no interest in the series at all and the first teaser trailer really didn't do much to change my mind. Maybe I'm just missing the point of it?
As for development on New Moon, STYD was told by the producers in March that they've "got the [sequel] script ready to go and come December we want to shoot it." They explain that weather is one of the reasons that they want to shoot right away. "Obviously, you know the next book and know we can go out into the sun a little bit more. Hopefully we'll have it ready to go and ready to start prepping for the beginning of next year." That sounds like a good sign for Twilight fans, but it isn't official yet. I'm sure Summit is actually waiting for money to show up in their wallet from Twilight first before they start throwing more towards a sequel. Does the idea of a Twilight series sound appealing to you?