November 24, 2008 / 7:35 PM / 9 years ago

"Twilight" sequel gets greenlight

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.

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

“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.

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