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Has Summit Found Its Next TWILIGHT?

Nordling here.

Summit Entertainment, the studio that brought the TWILIGHT Saga to the screen, has just acquired world rights to another youth-oriented novel to adapt.

According to Deadline, Summit now has the rights to THE NIGHT CIRCUS, a novel by Erin Morganstern to be published this September. The story concerns two dueling illusionists in the 1800s carrying on their fathers' rivalry in an enchanted circus, but matters become complicated when they fall in love.

Sounds like THE PRESTIGE or CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL for young folk (both very good novels, by the way). According to the article they are looking for a film release and then possibly a television series. If we go by track record, Summit knows how to promote and produce these kinds of stories. No release date as of yet; likely Summit is waiting to see how well the novel does on release, but according to the article Summit sounds confident in the story. Head of production Erik Feig said in a statement, "THE NIGHT CIRCUS sets a spell on the reader from the very first page and we cannot wait to find the right filmmaker and cast to make the world come as inordinately alive as it does in the mind's eye."

I really enjoy stories like this - Houdini, 19th Century magicians, and the like. Hopefully Summit will make something interesting and not just fodder for screaming tweens, but it sounds like they have confidence in the material.

Nordling, out.

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  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:11 p.m. CST

    Whatever does it for middle-aged women with a teenage mentality.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    They need their thing as much as any of us do.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Just like The Prestige....

    by estacado1

    But with Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale falling in love? Pass.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    the next TWILIGHT, huh?

    by Stifler's Mom

    Wow, this site is starved for news lately. Wake me when they've found the next PULP FICTION or the next DISTRICT 9.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Summit doesn't know how to do anything.

    by pushthebuttonmax

    They just rode Twilight's fan base all the way to the bank.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    never heard of it...

    by Toruk_Makto

    and the description isn't peaking my interest.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST

    how do you re-create lightning in a bottle?

    by Billy_D_Williams

    obviously you can't. if you could, the studios would make a killing on every movie. they dont have a fucking clue how to make a hit.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    but will it make a good back tattoo?

    by vulturess

    for leik the 50 years olds?

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    Nah, the next Twilight is The Hunger Games.

    by AnnoyYou

    It has almost the same following as Twilight: preteens, young teens and early-to-late middle-aged women. Unlike Twilight, the lead female character is not a weenie moron blindly following a "beautiful" vampire. Still doesn't make it very good, but certainly better than Meyer's total dreck. It's more "dystopian SF for kids" than "ridiculous overwrought badly-written romance novels."

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Actually it sound like a steaming pile of turds...

    by Yeti

    But since the female protagenist is bound to be awkward, uncomfotable (but really beautiful) and the male dark, brooding, and complicated (but gorgeous) it'll strick a cord with 12 year old girls trapped in the bodies of middle aged women bored with their husbands.

  • That article header makes not one bit of sense.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:44 p.m. CST

    Misdirection - Movie about Houdini

    by magicdgk

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    God Dammit, now there gonna make magic gay!

    by Majority

    I mean Harry Potter kinda already did that but know where near as gay as Twilight made vampires. And it's true, studio's don't know shit about making great movies...if they did, the presidents would be true film buffs. If you could get Harry's ass into an executive position I bet you...wait, bad example. Harry like's dumb shit too If you could get like Capone into an executive position at a studio I bet the shit output would be significantly decreased

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Isn't there already some circus movie coming out

    by SilentP

    with Robert Pattinson? Sounds like someone else beat them to the punch.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    If you keep repeating the word "Twilight" really fast...

    by MajorFrontbum sounds like "Toilet"

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Another series written for retards...

    by alienindisguise

    how many more of those does the world really need?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    how do you recreate lightning...

    by UltraTron

    Well they won't ever figure that out. If there was anyone in Hollywood smart enough to do that they would simply attempt space opera #2 and make starwars level money. It's astonishing really. That nobody has ever tried to make a space epic to compete with starwars except cameron. And that took how many years? Seriously-You can't think up another use for billions of planets with aliens on them?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    this trend weirds me out

    by soma_with_the_paintbox

    No, not so much the trend of women being led around by their wallets (although that is disturbing too) but the recent trend of studios snapping up unpublished works in a "proven" cash-cow "genre". As a complement, there are whole hordes of hack writers riding the coattails of the first hack writer to expand a singular phenomenon into an entire "genre" trying to strike while the iron is hot. The ubiquity and general crappiness of the content is one thing. The extremely speculative and radically contingent nature of all sides of the affair is quite another and just leaves a bad taste in my mouth--like another speculative bubble that recently burst, with very real consequences. What consequences will this trend have if it becomes standard practice?

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST


    by palimpsest

    That's the book to look at...

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST


    by tiggr009

    Never heard of it.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    toruk_makto . . .

    by stillwater79

    That's because it hasn't been released yet!! Maybe you should read the entire article before commenting. I know, that's a novel concept on this site.

  • Jan. 9, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    "The next TWILIGHT"?

    by stillwater79

    That's downplaying the potential for this novel, I'd say. It sounds like it has far more going for it than the T-word.

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 12:40 a.m. CST

    "two illusionists carrying on their fathers' rivalry"...

    by MackAndJacks

    Careful with the wording here... on first glance it really looks dirty. I mean, circus people are wierd, but I would still put them above incest :)

  • Jan. 10, 2011, 11:06 a.m. CST

    The two illusionists fall inlove? With each other?

    by AsimovLives

    A young teens book with features gay sibling love in 19th century? Pretty foward-liberal book that one must be. I'm suprised it even got published.