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Hollywood thirsts for young adult films as Twilight ends

Published on Nov 16, 2012 8:50 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - As vampires Bella and Edward take their last bites on the big screen, Hollywood studios are on the hunt for the next Twilight, a movie that plays on teenage angst and, more importantly, lights up the movie box office.

The first four Twilight movies earned US$2.5 billion (S$3.1 billion) at cinemas worldwide, propelled by passionate fans of a book series about a vampire-and-werewolf teen love triangle. Box office watchers project Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will haul in $150 million at United States (US) and Canadian cinemas this weekend, one of the year's biggest film debuts.

Eager to replicate that performance, studios executives have been trolling through young adult novels with the dream of uncovering the next big blockbuster franchise, paying as much as US$1 million to secure the film rights to the hottest books.

At least four films based on books for teenagers will reach cinemas next year, with young love forced to overcome alien parasites, evil zombies and other supernatural bad guys.

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