Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight (2008/I), the first movie in the Twilight Saga, was set to be the director of 'New Moon' as well. Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, Hardwicke had to back out.
After months of speculation and rumors, director Chris Weitz and the novel's author, Stephenie Meyer, confirmed on her official website that Taylor Lautner would be reprising his role as Jacob Black. It was doubted as the filmmakers feared he would not be able to become fit enough in time. However, he was given the go-ahead after gaining 26 pounds of muscle.
Each member of the wolf pack had to have papers proving their Native decent. Spencer is Lakota (Sioux), Pelletier is Cree-Metis, Meraz is Purepecha (Tarasco), Gordon is Hualapai, and Houseman, who was discovered at an open casting call, is Cree.
Actors of the wolf pack went through "wolf camp" together to get buff and bond with each other.
Shares filming location of Montepulciano, Italy with Diane Lane's romantic comedy Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) and the coming of age/study abroad documentary Di passaggio (2009).
During the filming of Bella's birthday party, Jackson Rathbone got so into character that both Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz had to hold him back. During one of the takes, Elizabeth Reaser was knocked to the ground.
Because it took 36 hours to turn Nikki Reed's brown hair blond, it was reported that she would wear a wig to play Rosalie.
Noot Seear was painted completely white, in spite of not tanning for the previous two months.
Chris Weitz's third movie based on a bestselling book.
This is the first (and to date only) time director Chris Weitz handles a movie about vampires. However his grandmother had a lead role in the Spanish vampire film Drácula (1931) and his brother Paul Weitz directed Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009) featuring vampires.
Director Chris Weitz said this was a easier process than his other film The Golden Compass (2007) as he found "a lot less interference from Summit [Entertainment] and a lot more understanding of the books than New Line had of The Golden Compass" - which Chris said ended up being "completely re-cut" by the studio. He thinks that Summit Entertainment "understands the importance of the [Twilight] books - members of which who have read the books and appreciate them - not just see them as engines of possible profit".
This film is the first sequel Chris Weitz has directed. He was signed on to direct a sequel to his previous film, The Golden Compass (2007); like this film, the sequel was scheduled to be released in late 2009.
Ashley Greene wore a different wig than the one she wore in Twilight, to portray Alice Cullen. She also cut her hair quite short so that it could fit under the wig.
Jamie Campbell Bower, who stars as Volturi member Caius, originally auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen in Twilight (2008/I).
"New Moon" is actually Robert Pattinson's favorite book in the Twilight series.
Peter Lambert edited a portion of the film during his daily commute. This may be the first major motion picture in which the biggest portion of the first assembly of the film was edited in the backseat of a car.
Summit Entertainment greenlit this sequel one day after Twilight (2008/I) had opened in theaters.
The film's American premiere was held on 16 November 2009, which, in the lunar cycle, is a new moon.
WILHELM SCREAM: resounds twice during the movie FacePunch that Mike, Bella, and Jacob are attending together.
Broke the record for the biggest one-day gross in the US with $72.7 million. Former record holder was The Dark Knight (2008).
The ring Bella wears on her index finger the whole movie is set with a large moonstone.