Catherine Hardwicke’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s young adult urban fantasy tale Twilight is set to hit cinemas this December and the movie’s producer, Wyck Godfrey, has already announced plans to begin work on the follow-up.
Twilight is the first in Meyer’s bestselling series, New Moon being the second, of which Godfrey has said of the sequel adaptation: “We’ve got the script ready to go and hopefully, we’ll have it ready to start prepping for the beginning of next year.”
Summit Entertainment has stumped up a reported $30-35 million for the first film, which tells the story of a romance between a vampire, played by Robert Pattinson, and a regular old human, played by Kristen Stewart. While this is no great shakes in the blockbuster world we are used to, with studios’ tentpoles more accustomed to the $100-200 million budget range, Hardwicke has proved to be a director of guile and conviction, particularly on prior smaller budget productions and should prove a capable set of hands to guide the film to box office success. The sequel’s fortunes, and the budget Summit is willing to put up for it, though, will depend upon the numbers that Twilight pulls in when it is released this December.