‘New Moon’ gets a release date
By Patrick Luce Dec 16, 2008, 12:59 GMT
Work on "New Moon" continues with a Nov. 20th release date announced. Cover art from the "New Moon" novel from Stephenie Meyer.
Summit Entertainment has announced plans to get “Twilight” sequel “New Moon” in theaters on Nov. 20th, 2009, with Chris Weitz signed to replace Catherine Hardwicke in the director’s chair.
Variety reports the studio is hoping the November release will help “New Moon” reap the same Thanksgiving success that “Twilight” enjoyed – which is a formula Warner Bros. had followed with its “Harry Potter” films before shifting the franchise to a summer release.
Summit pushed up the release date for “Twilight” following Warner Bros. decision to shift "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" from a November 2008 release to a summer 2009 date. The final “Potter” films are also expected to open in the summer season.
“New Moon” is the next installment in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling "Twilight" series – which features four novels. “Twilight” is still heating up the box office and has earned an estimated $150 million domestically in just four weeks.
The Nov. 20th release date has “New Moon” set to go up against Warners Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes" with Robert Downey Jr., Sony’s animated flick "Planet 51," and a planned “Three Stooges” film from MGM.