"Twilight" sequel gets greenlight

Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:34pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The makers of hit film "Twilight" said they have given the go-ahead to produce a new movie based on the second book, "New Moon", in the popular series of vampire novels by Stephenie Meyer.

"Twilight," which tells the story of a 17 year-old girl and her love of a teenage vampire, had a blockbuster debut in U.S. and Canadian box offices this past weekend taking in an estimated $70 million.

Summit Entertainment, the film's producer and distributor, said on Saturday it would move forward with a second feature film, also to be called "New Moon.

In a statement, Meyer said she was "thrilled" to be making another movie. "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," she said.

<p>Fan Noelle Buffam displays words written on her fists at the premiere of the movie "Twilight" at the Mann Village and Bruin theatres in Westwood, California November 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>