Summit Moving Forward with Twilight Sequel New Moon
We all knew this was coming. Based on Twilight's $33 million Friday box office total, Summit Entertainment has announced that they're moving forward with the Twilight sequel New Moon. This follows a previous announcement that stated Summit had officially picked up the rights for the remaining books New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. This is great news for fans of the books and movie, and not-so-good news for everyone else. Stephenie Meyer commented on this, saying, "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 really is not the most exciting news for people like myself who can't stand the franchise and its fans. However, it is a confirmation that my prediction about Twilight and Summit in my Sunday Discussion was correct - picking up the Twilight rights was the best thing they've ever done. If everything stays on track, Twilight might end up with a $70 million weekend, making Summit an overnight success. I'm already expecting New Moon to be an even bigger hit (sequels always are), but I'm curious if the franchise will remain strong all the way through four books. By the time we get to Breaking Dawn, will the Twilight series have shifted to TV of straight-to-DVD or will it still get a small theatrical opening?