Summit Entertainment already admitted that they were super-fasttracking the Twilight sequel, New Moon, and now they have the release date to prove it. Hoping to catch 2009, the studio has announced that New Moon will be released on November 20, 2009. By choosing November 20th, Summit — with Chris Weitz* confirmed as being at the helm — is showing some serious confidence in their franchise. By selecting that particular date, New Moon will now be forced to go up against Sherlock Holmes, Three Stooges and Planet 51. It is, however, highly likely one or more of these will shift dates based on this announcement.

Ever since Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince pulled out of 2008, Summit Entertainment has enjoyed the benefits of not rubbing Twilight against Potter. After finding success with a November release this year, the studio is hoping that the November slot could once again push big bucks at teh box office in 2009.

As for Chris Weitz being at the helm id urge fans to check out his letter to ‘the fans’ encouraging them to trust in him and not too worry that he is joining the production so soon before shooting.

Summit’s luck, however, will eventually run out in 2010, when Potter returns to November 2010, I feel it may not feel so confident at releasing Eclipse (book 3) then.

*As for Chris Weitz being at the helm id urge fans to check out his letter to ‘the fans’ encouraging them to trust in him and not too worry that he is joining the production so soon before shooting. Well I guess we will just have to bide our time and see, until then check out my Twilight review which will be up at some point next weekend.

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