Set your movie calendars for December, 2009.
Usually sequel plans aren’t announced until the original movie is released, just to see if it does business that makes it sequel worthy, even when that kind of business seems like a lock.
So while it seems almost a foregone conclusion that Summit Entertainment will film the second (and surely third and eventually fourth) books in Stephenie Meyers Twilight series, nothing’s been confirmed–until now. Well, maybe.
ShockTillYouDrop is reporting that Summit has optioned the rights to New Moon, the second book in the series, with plans to release it in December 2009, almost a year after the first movie, Twilight, comes out. If that happens, it’s likely that filming for New Moon will begin early in 2009, as producer Wycke Godfrey (that is one impressive name there, Mr. Godfrey) had earlier told STYD:
“The goal is, we’ve got the [sequel] script ready to go and come December we want to shoot it for about the same time – for the weather and stuff we don’t want to be in the heat of the winter. 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.”
It also had been suggested in the past that if they proceed with New Moon, the third book, Eclipse, would probably be filmed immediately afterwards, in order to make use of the same weather, sets, and props, and to keep the actors together while they still all look the same. Good plan–I don’t know if the winter weather would hold for them to do the fourth book, Breaking Dawn, at that time, though.
No word yet on whether Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the upcoming Twilight, will return for one or the rest of the films; presumably the actors had it in their contracts that they would stay on if the rest were made.
So Twilight fans, you have plenty of advance warning for December of the coming years. Make sure you study hard in advance for your final exams and do all your big projects in November so you’re free to see the movies ten thousand times in a row in December without having to worry about flunking out of school.