ROME — "Twilight" sequel "New Moon" has landed its first overseas sale to Italy, where the Chris Weitz-helmed vampire romancer is partly set and will briefly shoot in May.
Eagle Pictures, which released "Twilight" on Italo screens, announced on Tuesday it has re-upped with Summit Ent. for the sequel, specifying that "New Moon" will shoot in the ancient Tuscan city of Volterra in May for two weeks.
In Stephenie Meyer's bestselling "New Moon" tome, Volterra is the town where the powerful Volturi vampire coven reside. Dakota Fanning is reportedly in talks to play a teen Volturi vamp, while "Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are on board.
Shooting on "New Moon" will start in Vancouver in March.
Eagle Pictures, which is owned by Tunisian mogul Tarak Ben Ammar and has close ties with Summit, announced that "New Moon" will be released in Italy on Nov. 20, day-and-date with its Stateside release.
"With 'New Moon' we have acquired the most highly anticipated picture of 2009," boasted Eagle Pictures managing director Mark Lombardo in a statement. "Now our challenge is beat the record set by 'Twilight'."
"Twilight" grossed $15 million in Italy, making it the country's ninth top-grosser in 2008, right after "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and ahead of Matteo Garrone's "Gomorrah."
To date "Twilight" has grossed more than $350 million worldwide.
( I added some photos of Volterra in Tuscany)