‘Twilight’ Sequels Optioned; Studio Acquires ‘New Moon,’ ‘Eclipse’ & ‘Breaking Dawn’

(http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/11/14/twilight-sequels-optioned-studio-acquires-new-moon-eclipse-breaking-dawn/, Rick Marshall)

Twilight” hasn’t hit theaters yet, but that doesn’t mean Summit Entertainment isn’t thinking well beyond the big-screen debut of Stephenie Meyer’s beloved vampire-romance novels. The Hollywood Reporter announced today that Summit has acquired the rights to the next three books in Meyer’s series, “New Moon,” “Eclipse” and “Breaking Dawn.” Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who adapted “Twilight,” will pen the scripts for “New Moon” and “Eclipse,” while a writer has yet to be named for “Breaking Dawn.”

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This means that Rosenberg will have to do a lot of reading in the near future, as THR reports that the screenwriter refused to read ahead in the series when she was adapting “Twilight.” With that in mind, one has to wonder what Rosenberg would say about tonight’s premiere of the new MTV movies show “Spoilers” (airing tonight at 7:30 PM EST on MTV) which promises to include some never-before-seen looks at the “Twilight” movie, among other high-profile previews.

According to THR, Summit is looking to build itself a film franchise with Meyer’s series — which, in what is certainly not news to many readers here, has a fan following to rival any property out there these days. (Heck, even President-Elect Obama is a “Twilight” fan.)

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