Blockbuster 'Twilight' Spawns 'New Moon' Rising
Summit announces a sequel with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Fresh on the heals of the $35 million opening day for "Twilight," Summit formally announced that the company would go into preproduction on "New Moon," based on the second book in Stephenie Meyer's quartet.
"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 says in a company statement. "I'm thrilled to have the chance to work with them again on 'New Moon.'"
Starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, "Twilight" ended up making an estimated $70.6 million for its premiere weekend, making it the highest grossing film in Summit history by a fair margin. "Twilight" added on another $8.1 million overseas, playing in only five markets.
Pattinson and Stewart confirmed the sequel announcement in an online note to fans posted on Saturday (Nov. 22).
"Without you passion, interaction an support, this film would not be where it is today -- the #1 movie in America!" Stewart and Pattinson wrote. "From every city, every stop, every interview we've done, you've made this an unbelievable, nearly surreal experience... and so cool that we were all in this together. We just heard from Summit that we'll be moving forward on 'New Moon.' We look forward to sharing this next chapter with you!"
Summit has yet to set a timetable for the "New Moon" production. Melissa Rosenberg has been hired to write the script, but it's unclear if director Catherine Hardwicke will return.