Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black in “Twilight”
Ariana Greer, 15, from Everett, Wash., center, reacts as actor Taylor Lautner, who plays Jacob in the vampire film “Twilight,” reaches over and autographs her T-shirt at a recent appearance at the Hot Topic store at the Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila, Wash. Fans have made “Twilight” a hit, ensuring the sequel “New Moon” will make it to the big screen. (Associated Press photo)
At the recent press junket for “Twilight,” Taylor Lautner had a favor to ask the legions of fans of Stephenie Meyer’s book series: Make the movie version of the first book a hit so the first sequel, “New Moon,” could be made.
In “Twilight,” Lautner plays Jacob Black, a Quileute Indian and one of Bella’s pals. In “New Moon,” he becomes Bella’s best friend and a werewolf.
“I’m just telling all the fans – see it minimum five times. We’ll see. Jacob’s character gets so cool. It is so more in depth in the rest of the series. When he turns into a werewolf it is like he has two separate personalities. When he’s himself he’s this nice outgoing guy and when he goes werewolf on you he’s super intense and Bella’s just blown away like what is with this freak now,” Lautner said during an interview at Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Wish granted, Taylor.
Summit Entertainment officially announced today that it has greenlit the film version of “New Moon,” according to Variety.
“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,” the trade magazine’s Web site quoted a statement from Meyer.
Based on the first novel in Meyer’s four-book vampire romance saga, “Twilight” had been expected to open in the $50 million to $60 million range, but the film seems destined to make much more.
“Twilight” grossed $35.7 million on Friday, including $7 million from midnight shows that had fans lining up for hours Thursday evening to secure prime seats.
That $35.7 million from 3,419 runs is the second-biggest opening-day gross outside of summer, after the $40.4 million grossed by “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” on its first Friday in November 2005, according to a separate Variety article.