And so, the lion fell in love with the lamb. But as $70.5 million worth of moviegoers watched the closing scenes of [movie id="369195"]"Twilight"[/movie] this past weekend, one thought unavoidably filled their love-struck minds: Where do Edward, Bella and all the other undead denizens of Forks go from here?
As Twilighters are all too happy to point out, author Stephenie Meyer has already penned three smash sequels to her intimate ode to human-immortal romance. The first, "New Moon," got the green light for production this past weekend, less than 24 hours after "Twilight" began breaking box-office records. The best-selling sequel tells a decidedly darker story that has Bella receiving a nasty paper cut, getting attacked by one of her potential in-laws and becoming an adrenaline junkie while an in-hiding Edward teeters on the edge of suicide. (Read our "New Moon" wish list and add your own in the MTV Movies Blog.)
"It's got werewolves, it's got visual effects that turn people into werewolves, it's got motorcycle stunts, you go to Italy. It's probably twice as much as this [to film]," "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke explained when we asked her about the sequel just before "Twilight" opened.
Although the novel greatly reduces Edward's presence, [movieperson id="365131"]Robert Pattinson[/movieperson] insists that "New Moon" is the installment he loves best. "I'm looking forward to doing the re-emergence ... at the end of the second book, when he's killing himself," the star said when we spoke with him last week. "I think that'd be kind of spectacular seeing that. And the second book is my favorite book, so I'm quite looking forward to doing it."
And as the final shot in "Twilight" promises, hell hath no fury like a woman who just lost her man. Luckily, the producers of the "Twilight" films were smart enough to sign [movieperson id="326693"]Rachelle Lefevre[/movieperson], [movieperson id="457212"]Edi Gathegi[/movieperson] and their soon-to-be-far-more-important co-star [movieperson id="373803"]Taylor Lautner[/movieperson] for both "New Moon" and the potential third film "Eclipse."
Crossing his fingers, Edi Gathegi said he's looking forward to shooting Laurent's travels to Alaska and half-hearted attempts to become a vegetarian. "I've got to clear my schedule no matter what's on the books, because it was just so much fun to work on this film."
The good news for fans is that studio Summit Entertainment recently took the official step of acquiring all of Meyer's "Twilight" books and has rehired screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg. Pattinson even told the Seattle Times that Rosenberg's "New Moon" script is already done.
But today, the actor most likely to be doing the dance of joy is the fast-rising, [video id="317738"]fan-kissing[/video], underwear-signing Lautner. After establishing in the first film that he has a thing for Bella and the nerve to stare down Edward, he's already busy practicing his lines for Jacob Black's expanded role as a lover, fighter and werewolf in the next flicks.
"The quote I love the most is Jacob's quote, 'Does my half being naked bother you?' That quote just cracks me up," he laughed when we met him for the first time, on the "Twilight" set. "Because, you know, that's when he's shirtless, not wearing a top — we'll have to wait to see what he looks like."
Lautner plans to begin bulking up now that "New Moon" has received the official green light, and is also hoping to work some of his real-life martial-arts background into Jacob's upcoming battles. "They found a YouTube video of me on ESPN when I was 11, and they were just freaking out and were watching it over and over again. ... I said that it'd be cool if Jacob did some of that in the fight scenes," he told us in August. "[Hardwicke] said, 'Yeah, that would be cool.' "
After this weekend, it appears that fiercely loyal "Twilight" fans may similarly have some cool scenes to look forward to in the not-so-far-away future.
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