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Lagardere Does Not Know If ‘Twilight’ Vampire Series Will Resume

November 17, 2011

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Lagardere SCA, France’s largest publisher, said that no new novels in the vampire-themed “Twilight” series have been written.

“Stephanie Meyer hasn’t written another book,” Anthony Mellor, head of investor relations, said today at a conference in Barcelona organized by Morgan Stanley. “Let’s hope that she will continue. We don’t know.”

Meyer’s “Twilight” novels sold a total of 56 million copies in 2009 and 2010, according to Paris-based Lagardere. The movies based on the books are in the same league as J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” for box-office takings.

The latest film, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” which opens in the U.S. tomorrow, has already sold out more than 2,500 screenings. The two preceding “Twilight” films, “Eclipse” and “New Moon,” averaged just under $300 million at the domestic box office, compared with the $298.6 million average for Time Warner Inc.’s eight “Harry Potter” movies.

--Editors: Robert Valpuesta, Simon Thiel.

To contact the reporter on this story: Amy Thomson in Barcelona via athomson6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net


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