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Summit Entertainment’s Post-‘Twilight’ Plans

Summit Entertainment is the widely known studio behind Twilight Saga flicks, and with the franchise coming to an end with the last two movies, Summit fans are wondering what they’re going to do next. More vampire films, more romances, what?

Well, thanks to all of the Twilight success, Summit Entertainment is sticking to what works best for them and putting their future in the hands of book adaptations. A few years ago when Summit convinced Stephenie Meyer to sell her Twilight Saga they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. But $750 million in sales later, they now have a fairly good idea as to what works for them. So Summit is busy claiming all the books rights they can get their hands on, with the hopes that it will work out as well as their Twilight score did.

So far they have already made one book deal – Veronica Roth’s young adult debut novel Divergent. The book, which will be published by the HarperCollins imprint Katherine Tegen Books, follows 16-year-old Beatrice Prior in dystopian Chicago. Although the book doesn’t hit shelves until May 3, it’s already receiving loads of early praise, which is probably why Summit was quick to grab the movie rights.

While Divergent isn’t about vampires, is does sounds pretty good:

“In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.”

It sounds like a good choice for Summit. What do you guys think? Do you think they are jumping the gun by buying the rights to a book that hasn’t even been released yet? What other book rights do you think Summit should try to get? More vampire books? I can think of quite a few vampire books that would make fantastic movies. What about you?

– Moonlight

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Moonlight • March 22, 2011


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