Stephenie Meyer’s Production Company Options Down a Dark Hall

Stephenie Meyer’s production company has optioned their second venture, and Twilight producer Wyck Godfrey is looking to get involved. Their first was the yet to be released Austenland by Shannon Hale that shot last summer in England.

According to Variety

“Twilight” scribe Stephenie Meyer and Meghan Hibbett’s Fickle Fish Films have optioned young-adult suspense tome “Down a Dark Hall” by novelist Lois Duncan and will produce a feature-film adaptation.

Duncan’s 1974 novel revolves around Blackwood boarding school and its mysterious students. Ensnared in the chilling world is new student Kit Gordy, who must unravel Blackwood’s haunted and tragic history before it’s too late. “Twilight” producer Wyck Godfrey is also in talks to produce.

See more on Variety

You can follow Lois Duncan here on Twitter @duncanauthor She’s also probably best known for the novel/movie adaptations I Know What You Did Last Summer and Hotel For Dogs

Perhaps this is one the their joint projects that Wyck Godfrey almost spilled the beans on when we interviewed him on the Eclipse red carpet!

Via TwiMoms

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Stephenie Meyer Addresses “Annoyed” Rumor

Earlier this week (see series of Tweets here) a reporter for Variety Tweeted that, “HUNGER GAMES presales begin tomorrow; early tracking shows it outpacing the first TWILIGHT pic. My theory as to why: Safe for boys. As long as we’re on topic: Stephenie Meyer was deeply annoyed that LG brass said they’d do more TWILIGHT pics. She has no such intention.”

Stephenie Meyer issued the following statement on her website:

“Hey all,

Just wanted to clear up a little rumor making the rounds. I have absolutely no issues with anyone at Lionsgate. Far from being a negative thing, it’s actually a very nice feeling to know that both Lionsgate and Summit would like to make another Twilight movie if I were ever to write another Twilight book. So, thanks for the support, Lionsgate and Summit. I look forward to working for the first time with new friends at Lionsgate and working again with my old friends at Summit!

Steph”

Edited: At approximately 10:00am Eastern Josh Dickey Tweeted “Stephenie Meyer makes nice w/ Summit/LG at http://www.stepheniemeyer.com. But hey, I know what I know …”

At approximately 4:30 eastern time Josh Dickey responded to the controversy on Twitter. Various people have been questioning his veracity over the last 48 hours or so. He just responded to a tweet from the Twilight News Site that asked:

R U saying she was annoyed, and isn’t now? That her post was disingenuous? That future books/films are impossible? Or what?

@Twilight_Site What I tweeted was 100% accurate — that’s all.

So it looks like John Dickey is standing by his annoyance claim, but isn’t given any clarification as to additional context making this a he said/she said.

Variety Reports that Stephenie Meyer is Annoyed at Lionsgate CEO

As we reported back in January, a Lionsgate CEO saying that he hoped for more Twilight movies and a possible TV series didn’t mean that such a thing was eminent(see article here) We came to this opinion if for no other reason Stephenie Meyer would have to agree to such and she’s said numerous times that she is taking a break from Twilight and focusing (at least in the relative short term) on two other projects: The Host and Austenland. She made no mention of future Twilight projects when she updated her website for the first time in almost a year earlier this month. Additionally, she is very ‘hands on” regarding adaptations based on her work, and it didn’t seem likely that she’s give Lionsgate free reign to go ahead and dabble in a new movie or TV show without being majorly involved.

So, tonight it’s probably not surprising that a reporter for Variety Tweeted the following regarding the Lionsgate Hunger Game franchise and Twilight( bold emphasis ours).

HUNGER GAMES presales begin tomorrow; early tracking shows it outpacing the first TWILIGHT pic. My theory as to why: Safe for boys.

As long as we’re on topic: Stephenie Meyer was deeply annoyed that LG brass said they’d do more TWILIGHT pics. She has no such intention.

I’d bet the TWI franchise outperforms THG over time. But those openers & domestic BO figures will be competitive.(in response to this tweeted question: But we saw the following movies multiple times, and played out DVDs to death. I just don’t see that for “The Hunger Games”.)

EXACTLY (in response to this tweeted question: And absolutely no chance that it will surpass, or even equal, Twilight in the long haul.)

That was my point tho — TWI was overwhelmingly female. THG appeals across genders, and also touches fanboy elements. (in response to this question: the Twilight books have zero depth, Hunger Games have strong relatable characters…which should draw everyone not just boys)

 

It is also worth pointing out that though Lionsgate and Summit merged, we believe that there is still a large degree of newness as to what is the status of the films each organization has in its arsenal. They don’t fully know all the players and what their likely intentions are. With all the PR and questions from very corner, that’s probably what lead to what is looking more and more like a case of overly enthusiastic open mouth insert foot on Lionsgate’s part from speaking off the cuff.

For our part we wish the Hunger Games franchise well. It will do well if for no other reason like Twilight and the later Harry Potter books it has dominated the best seller charts for years. However because the New York Times (after the third Potter book) relegated these books to the children’s sections, so people don’t always realize how popular they are. The real test of popularity is looking at lists like USA Today that put all book sales against each other cross category.That’s where you see the Hunger Games, Harry Potter,Twilight, the Wimpy Kid, and several other “children’s/YA” series dominate the market. In other words, YA isn’t as much of a mystery as people think if they’d just look at book sales that matter on say USA today and the Wall Street Journal charts they’d have the info they need right at their fingertips.

Shout out to His Golden Eyes for being the first Twilight site to break the story.

Stephenie Meyer to Start Writing Again InMay

It’s easy to miss this tidbit in the update that Stephenie Meyer did to her website. However this is probably a pretty important detail!

 

On the page where she talks about The Host Movie, Stephenie wrote, “So the busyness will not be ending anytime soon with all three projects currently ongoing. I’m hoping to get a little writing done at the same time, but writing on set has proved an elusive goal for me in the past year. I’m looking forward to this May, when I will officially be home for good and back here at my computer where I like to be best.”

This is huge as the last full-length novels that Stephenie wrote came out back in 2008: Breaking Dawn and The Host. Since then, she has written two other items that were not full-legnth novels: The Bree Tanner novella and the Official Illustrated Twilight Guide.

There was no mention of what universe this writing is going to take place in: Twilight, The Host, or something new entirely, but the good news is that there will be more of something!

Stephenie Meyer Updates Her Website For First Time In Almost A Year

Stephenie Meyer just updated her website today. She has information on each of her upcoming film projects: Breaking Dawn 2, The Host, and Austenland.

Here is a pretty good visual of where I usually was instead. Note the thirteen layers of weather protection. In my very limited experience, watching movies being made is almost always a cold, wet business.

Since I’ve been M.I.A. so long, I thought I would do a little “my summer vacation” essay for those who are interested—though it’s really a “my last whole year away making movies” essay, with occasional camera phone illustrations.

I’m going to break this down into three separate pages, as my time has been spread across a few different projects. Click the links to visit the pages you’re interested in:

Check it out on StephnieMeyer.com Pictured with Stephenie is her partner in her new production company, Fickle Fish Films, Megan Hibbet.

The major item of note that is buried in the last paragraph on The Host page is this
, “So the busyness will not be ending anytime soon with all three projects currently ongoing. I’m hoping to get a little writing done at the same time, but writing on set has proved an elusive goal for me in the past year. I’m looking forward to this May, when I will officially be home for good and back here at my computer where I like to be best.”

Video: Bill Condon and Stephenie Meyer Talk About Working Together

Summit sent over this exclusive for the fansites.

Stephenie Meyer Talks About The Birth Scene

MTV takes a look at the birth scene and how emotional it was for Stephenie Meyer to watch.  The authors felt that Rob nailed the scene.  What did you think?  If the video isn’t working, try viewing it at MTV’s site.

Happy 38th Birthday Stephenie Meyer

A very happy birthday to the author who started it all!

The Best of Stephenie Meyer: Fansite Interviews: Simply the Best!

The fansites always have the best questions! Check out what we all asked Stephenie Meyer on the Breaking Dawn Premiere Carpet here in one post!