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Dakota Fanning In New Moon? January 22, 2009 12:51 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Movies, New Moon, News, Rumors.
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dakotafanning-012209E! Online is reporting a rumor that Dakota Fanning is in talks to play Jane in New Moon, the upcoming sequel to the successful first installment Twilight.

New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz, hits theaters on November 20, 2009.


Taylor Lautner Reprising His Role in Twilight Sequel, New Moon January 8, 2009 10:15 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Movies, New Moon, News, Twilight.
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taylorlautnernewmoon-1809The rumors that Taylor Lautner (Jacob Black) would be replaced for New Moon, the sequel to Summit Entertainment’s Twilight, have turned out to be false.  The studio and new director Chris Weitz announced today that Lautner would be reprising his role as the character:

Weitz noted there has been speculation about whether Lautner could portray the character who goes through many changes physically, including growing taller and bulkier and aging 10 years. The 16-year-old Lautner has been spending time in the gym, trying to add 19 pounds of muscle. Weitz added that Lautner is “emotionally right” for the part.

New Moon hits theaters on November 20, 2009.

New Moon Release Date Set; Transformers 3 in 2011? December 16, 2008 4:51 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, New Moon, News, Release Dates, Transformers.
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newmoon-120908Summit Entertainment has announced that New Moon will be released on November 20, 2009.  Dark Horizons is also reporting that German release schedules are showing a July 29, 2011 release date for Transformers 3.  The date doesn’t seem too far-fetched, considering the first film was released on June 27, 2009 and the second will be released June 26, 2009.

Chris Weitz to Direct New Moon December 16, 2008 1:49 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, New Moon, News, Twilight.
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newmoon-120908Summit Entertainment has confirmed that Chris Weitz has been hired to direct New Moon, the sequel to the studio’s highly successful film Twilight. Chris Weitz replaces Catherine Hardwicke, who Summit announced last week would not be continuing with the franchise.  The announcement was made by  Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Production.

“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.”

“I am honored to have been entrusted with shepherding ‘New Moon’ from the page to the screen,” said Weitz. “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.”

Twilight has grossed an impressive $150 million domestically since its release, and has added another $35.3 million from overseas markets for a worldwide cume of $185.3 million.  The film’s production budget was just $37 million.

Source:  Summit Entertainment (via ComingSoon.net)

Catherine Hardwicke Not Directing New Moon, Summit Searching for New Director December 8, 2008 1:22 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, Movies, New Moon, News, Twilight.

catherinehardwicke-120508Summit Entertainment has announced that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is leaving the franchise and will not be directing the sequel, New Moon (scheduled for release sometime between the end of 2009 and early 2010).

While the joint press release, read it in full after the jump, reveals that the decision was made due to timing issues with Hardwicke, Nikki Finke of DeadlineHollywoodDaily reports that Hardwicke was “difficult” and “irrational” during the making of the film, with one of her contacts saying:

“Summit didn’t like her. They’re saying the DP [director of photography] Elliot Davis is the one responsible for the film’s sumptuous visual look, that the editor Nancy Richardson had to save the film in post-production, and Summit thought Hardwicke’s [CAA] agent Beth Swofford was alternately ineffectual and hysterical.”

Well, that may have been all true, but I don’t see why they make the announcement now in the middle of the European press tour, a tour in which Hardwicke is–and will continue–participating in.

The full release follows after the jump.


Catherine Hardwick Talks Twilight Sequel, New Moon December 5, 2008 8:12 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, New Moon, News, Twilight.

catherinehardwick-120508Twilight director Catherine Hardwick chatted with ShockTillYouDrop.com about the followup to the successful film, New Moon.  Here’s a little bit of what she had to say:

Shock: Is there an element of the second book you’re especially intrigued or excited by, as far as bringing it to life on screen?

Hardwicke: 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.

Twilight’s box office now stands at $125.4 million domestically and $21.3 million overseas for a worldwide cume of $146.7 million, an impressive tally for a film that cost just $37 million to make.

You can read the entire interview here.

Twilight Grosses $69.6 million; Summit Announces New Moon Sequel November 25, 2008 10:36 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, New Moon, News, Twilight.
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twilight-1-small-72308After an impressive opening weekend for Twilight–$69.4 million–that beat industry expectations, Summit Entertainment has officially announced that they are moving forward with its sequel, New Moon.  The studio may also decide to film New Moon and its sequel Eclipse back-to-back to save on costs.

Author Stephenie Meyer: “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.'”

Twilight is also broke the record for biggest opening gross in history for a female director (Catherine Hardwicke).

Stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart left this thank you note for fans:


Source: Summit Entertainment (via Deadline Hollywood Daily)

Twilight Sequels May be shot back-to-back May 14, 2008 3:09 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Eclipse, Movies, New Moon, News, Photos, Twilight.
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One of the most buzzed about films scheduled to release this year is Twilight, the first book in a series of novels about vampires from Stephanie Meyer.  The film has just recently entered post production and hits theaters on December 12th, but the filmmakers are already talking about the possibility of shooting the sequels back-to-back.  Details after the jump, plus a new photo.