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The Twilight Saga: New Moon

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Release Date: November 20, 2009 (North America, Italy)

Genres: Action, Horror, Romance, Sequel          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Summit Entertainment   Production Company: Temple Hill Entertainment

Who's In It: Robert Pattinson (Edward Cullen), Kristen Stewart (Bella Swan), Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black), Dakota Fanning (Jane), Jamie Campbell-Bower (Caius)

Who's Making It: Melissa Rosenberg (Screenwriter), Stephenie Meyer (Creator - Writer), Chris Weitz (Director),

Premise: After Edward calls an end to their relationship, Bella finds herself attracted to Jacob Black. When she discovers that he is a werewolf, and that his tribe have been the sworn enemies to vampires for... More »

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Rumors have been flying around the Twilight blogosphere for a day ever since Ashley Greene told MTV that High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens had auditioned for the part of Leah Clearwater, one of the new werewolf characters introduced in New Moon. Now Entertainment Weekly says that the talk of Hudgens trying out for a part isn't correct. Citing sources within both Summit Entertainment and Hudgens' camps, the magazine reports that the actress hasn't auditioned for any part in New Moon and that neither side has any interest in appearing in the film.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

While there have been rumors about the character of Jacob Black being recast for New Moon, the speculation has come to an end by an announcement made on Stephenie Meyer's website. The Twilight creator posted a note from New Moon director Chris Weitz on her official website stating that actor Taylor Lautner will indeed play Jacob again in the sequel.

"I'm very happy to announce that Taylor Lautner will be playing Jacob Black in New Moon and that he's doing so with the enthusiastic support of Summit Entertainment, the producers, and Stephenie Meyer," Weitz said on the site.

"The characters in Stephenie's books go through extraordinary changes of circumstance and also appearance; so it is not surprising that there has been speculation about whether the same actor would portray a character who changes in so many surprising ways throughout the series. But it was my first instinct that Taylor was, is, and should be Jacob, and that the books would be best served by the actor who is emotionally right for the part. I think that fans of Twilight the book and the movie will be surprised by the Jacob Black that Taylor will bring to the screen in New Moon; and I'm looking forward to working with him and the rest of the cast in realizing the film."

Meyer followed up with this:

"I'd just like to add that I was very much a part of this decision. My first priority was always what was best for New Moon—what was going to give us the best possible movie. I'm truly thrilled that Taylor was the one who proved to the director, to Summit, and to me that he is the best possible Jacob we could have. And I'm very much looking forward to seeing what he's going to bring to Jacob's character this year."

In their coverage of this story Variety says that Lautner has been busy hitting the gym and wants to put on 19 pounds of muscle before shooting on New Moon commences.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The MovieSet Blog reports that location scouting for New Moon is currently taking place in Vancouver, Canada in anticipation of a spring start of filming. For Twilight, that production shot its school scenes on location in Kalama, Washington. Vancouver is often used as a stand-in for a typical northwest setting.

- The MovieSet Blog. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, December 15, 2008

Summit Entertainment has announced a November 20, 2009 release date for New Moon, the sequel to Twilight. With the date finally revealed Summit has set two bars: first, to have the second movie in Stephenie Meyer's book series completed and in theaters within one year of the release of Twilight; and second, it it seeking to replicate the box office dominance it enjoyed last month over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Presently there are three other major releases that have staked out the 11/20/09 weekend to open: MGM's Three Stooges movie, Sony's animated Planet 51 toon and Warner Bros. update of Sherlock Holmes.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Chris Weitz has accepted the job to direct New Moon. "I am honored to have been entrusted with shepherding New Moon from the page to the screen," Weitz said in a statement. "The extraordinary world that Stephenie has created has millions of fans, and it will be my duty to protect on their behalf the characters, themes and story they love. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I will put every effort into realizing a beautiful film to stand alongside a beautiful book."

Eric Feig, Summit's president of production added, "We love Stephenie Meyer's fantastic Twilight series. Thinking long and hard about how to turn New Moon into the amazing movie we know it will be, and working with Stephenie Meyer to find the right candidate, we are thrilled to announce Chris Weitz as director of the film. Chris very much understands the world of New Moon and has the skill set required to bring the book to glorious life as a movie. We think he will be an excellent steward of Stephenie Meyer's vision."

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood is reporting a rumor that an offer is out to Chris Weitz to direct New Moon. "My insider says another reason it came down is because Weitz and Summit's president of production Eric Feig are longtime pals," writes Finke in her blog post. Another reason for the supposed job offer is that Summit Entertainment liked the look of Weitz's last movie, The Golden Compass, which came out a year ago this month.

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Summit Entertainment and Catherine Hardwicke released a joint statement today stating that the Twilight director will not be returning to helm New Moon.

"I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct New Moon," said Hardwicke. "Directing Twilight has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel -- it is a great story."

"Catherine did an incredible job in helping us to launch the Twilight franchise and we thank her for all of her efforts and we very much hope to work with her on future Summit projects," said Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production. "We as a studio have a mandate to bring the next installment in the franchise to the big screen in a timely fashion so that fans can get more of Edward, Bella and all of the characters that Stephenie Meyer has created. We are able to pursue an aggressive time frame as we have the luxury of only adapting the novels into screenplays as opposed to having to create a storyline from scratch."

Summit also stated that they want to have New Moon released in theaters by the end of 2009 or early 2010.

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Friday, December 5, 2008

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has finally spoken about how things are looking for her to return behind the lens for New Moon. In an interview with Shock Till You Drop, Hardwicke was fairly relaxed about how the contract negotiations have progressed so far. "We're working that all out, which is awesome. Summit [Entertainment] is doing it and we're trying to figure it all out, if it'll work out for me or whatever. So it's cool. It's all exciting," she commented.

And when asked about what part of the next Twilight book she looks most forward to realizing, she offered the following thoughts. "New Moon's really taking a whole other leap with this new story and there's really a lot of new characters in it. There's the werewolves which is pretty crazy. All the wolves. Then there's also going to Italy in the second book and there's motorcycle riding and cliff-jumping and diving. I love jumping off of cliffs. So it's kind of up my alley – into water, yeah."

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

While being interviewed by Ryan Seacrest for his radio show, Twilight star Kristen Stewart mentioned that filming on the sequel, New Moon, is slated to start in March of 2009. As first mentioned by the homies at Shock Till You Drop, if you want to hear Kristen mention the news you can listen to Stewart's interview with her on the KIIS Twilight homepage.

- KIIS via Shock Till You Drop. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Saturday, November 22, 2008

After witnessing their first Twilight film bow with a $33 million dollar yesterday, today Summit Entertainment officially gave a greenlight to New Moon, the second novel in Stephenie Meyer's series. Previously writer Melissa Rosenberg had been announced as adapting New Moon (and the third book, Eclipse) into screenplay format but with today's announcement, now a second Twilight film is guaranteed.

Here is Summit's full press release:



LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 — 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.”

Starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Twilight tells the story of 17-year-old Bella Swan who moves to the small town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, and becomes drawn to Edward Cullen, a pale, mysterious classmate who seems determined to push her away. But neither can deny the attraction that pulls them together … even when Edward confides that he and his family are vampires. Their unorthodox romance puts her in physical danger when Edward’s nemesis comes to town and sets his sights on Bella.

About Summit Entertainment, LLC

Summit Entertainment, LLC is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.


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Friday, November 14, 2008

With a week remaining until Summit Entertainment's Twilight arrives in theaters, the pre-release buzz for the film is already high. It's then no wonder that the studio has announced plans to begin adapting th enext two novels in Stephenie Meyer's book series, New Moon and Eclipse, into feature-length screenplays. The screen rights for the fourth Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, are also in possession by Summit but won't be adapted into movie format just yet.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg has accept the task to adapt books two and three into screenplays. Rosenberg told THR that she chose not to read the series past the first novel so she could "stay true to the evolution of the characters" for any movie continuation plans.

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