Twilight doesn’t hit theaters until next Friday, and Summit Entertainment has already aquired the rights to the next three novels in Stephenie Meyer‘s vampire romance series. According to THR, Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg has signed on to pen the next two screenplays, based on the books New Moon (you can read the first chapter here) and Eclipse. A writer has not been hired to adapt the fourth book, Breaking Dawn.
The films themselves have yet to be officially greenlit, but I’m sure after the first film does monster business next week, it will only be a matter of time. Word is that Summit would like to shoot the next two films back to back, as they did with The Matrix sequels and Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Summit Entertainment’s big screen adaptation of Twilight just recently entered post production, but the filmmakers are already talking about the possibility of filming the sequels back to back. And for good reason.
“Our vampires can’t ageâ€¦if they were like 45, people would say ‘What’s up?'” laughed director Catherine Hardwicke told MTV. “[Filming them together] could be the case. Then, you just get it done.”
“[We like the idea of] shooting them back to back, and shooting them simultaneously as they did with ‘Lord of the Rings’,” producer Greg Mooradian explained. “From a production standpoint, it’s a great thing to do. But it’s quite an undertaking.”
The lead stars are already contractually signed to at least three films, if the studio actually decides to greenlight them. And production on the big screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon and Eclipse novels could go into production immediately.
“The goal is to keep it moving quickly,” he explained. “[That will] give the audience a sense of knowing that the next installment is going to come at a really specific increment of time.”