Twilight Sequel “New Moon” Out Next November

December 13, 2008

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Fans of the first film will be pleased to know that the tentative release date for New Moon is November 20th, 2009. And here are some other details on the highly anticipated sequel.

Any director who signs on to replace Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has to be in Vancouver by Dec. 15 to begin 12 weeks of preproduction before a mid-March start date. Reports have speculated that Hardwicke was fired for being difficult on set, but sources close to her suggest Summit’s aggressive production schedule turned her off. “She’d love to do the sequel if she could do it better than Twilight,” says one. “It became clear that Summit didn’t have those same priorities.”

Indeed, at press time the second movie appeared to have little more than a rough first-draft working script. As Summit’s production president Erik Feig told EW during Twilight’s record-busting first weekend, “There is that first…script. All the finesse that turns a screenplay into a movie hasn’t happened yet.” Two weeks later, Summit is saying it’s happy with screenwriter ­Melissa Rosenberg’s progress.

The fact that it is being released so quickly goes to show that they don’t want to make it better than the first one, they just want to ride the wave of success and get the next film in theaters for the rabid fans to pay for.

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