Twilight Sequel Has A Start Date

New Moon gets going in March

Twilight is still going gangbusters at the US box office, with a hair under $120 million two weeks in, and so, inevitably, the sequel gets ever closer. Star Kristen Stewart, who plays Bella in the series, told Ryan Seacrest's US radio show yesterday that shooting on the sequel, New Moon, is due to start in March.

The books, by Stephenie Meyer, number four, and the next two have already been greenlit and are in the process of being adapted. Both Stewart and co-star Robert Pattinson, who plays her vampire boyfriend Edward, are signed up for the sequels.

In her interview Stewart also pointed to one of the advantages of the film's big box office success: the fact that they can justify the expense of shooting those sections set in Italy on location. "I think we're going to get to go to Italy, which is so cool," said Stewart. "For a while there, they were like, Oh, we don't know if we have the money, but now I think we may have the money!"

The sequel sees Edward leaving Bella, for her own protection, only for her to go a bit doo-lally and start engaging in death-defying activities in order to feel connected to him again. On the bright side, however, she does become closer friends with Jacob, a young Quileute Indian who clearly has a crush on her - but also has some secrets. And there's a bit in Italy at the end, but that's spoilerific so you'll have to read the book to learn more about that.