Friday, November 14, 2008
Movie Company Buys Rights To All Twilight Books
Summit Entertainment, who is releasing "Twilight" this month, is looking to make future movies based on the popular series.
The company has acquired rights to the next three novels in Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster vampire series and has hired "Twilight" scriptwriter Melissa Rosenberg to write the scripts based on "New Moon" and "Eclipse," the second and third books, respectively.
A fourth book, "Breaking Dawn," does not has a writer.
"Twilight," which revolves around the relationship between an average teenage girl, Bella, and a vampire, Edward, in a rainy Northwest town, has been generating incredible attention in anticipation of its Nov. 21 release.
Summit, which has been eager for a franchise as it rolls out its distribution slate, hopes that the movie's built-in teen and early-twentysomething audience will get an added boost from older filmgoers.
In "New Moon," Edward leaves Bella, sending Bella into a depression and a friendship with another vampire. In the third book, "Eclipse," that relationship triangle evolves, while evil empires begin to pursue Bella.
"Breaking Dawn" pushes the plot further with a marriage between Bella and Edward.
Rosenberg, who also penned "Step Up" and is a writer/co-exec producer on Showtime's "Dexter," has said she was methodical in writing the scripts, choosing not to read future "Twilight" books so she could stay true to the evolution of the characters.
source: hollywood reporter