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FX Picks Up TV Rights to All Four 'Twilight' Movies

by Nicholas White, posted Nov 24th 2009 12:28PM
Only a few days after 'New Moon''s enormous opening weekend -- the third-highest in movie history -- 'The Twilight Saga' has found its future home on television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, FX has bought the rights to air all four of Summit Entertainment's 'Twilight' films.

The original 'Twilight' will premiere in late-2011, followed by 'New Moon' sometime in 2012. 'Eclipse,' due in theaters on June 30, will premiere in early 2013.

As part of the agreement, Summit's less-popular -- but still lucrative -- 2009 films 'Knowing,' 'Push' and 'The Hurt Locker' will also air on FX, beginning in mid-2012.Only a few days after 'New Moon''s enormous opening weekend -- the third-highest in movie history -- 'The Twilight Saga' has found its future home on television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, FX has bought the rights to air all four of Summit Entertainment's 'Twilight' films.

The original 'Twilight' will premiere in late-2011, followed by 'New Moon' sometime in 2012. 'Eclipse,' due in theaters on June 30, will premiere in early 2013.

As part of the agreement, Summit's less-popular -- but still lucrative -- 2009 films 'Knowing,' 'Push' and 'The Hurt Locker' will also air on FX, beginning in mid-2012.

'New Moon' shattered all expectations last weekend when it opened with $142.8 million over five days, finishing just behind 'The Dark Knight' and 'Spider-Man 3' for the biggest five-day weekend ever.

FX's licensing deal is based on the saga's North American box-office performance. As the report writes, if 'Eclipse' and 'Breaking Dawn' each earn $200 million domestically, the network could pay around $100 million for the series (for everyone's sake, we hope the FX execs are Twihards).

FX has been on a spending spree of late, snapping up the TV rights to a string of $100 million-plus grossing movies. Among the titles you'll soon see on the network include '2012,' 'Zombieland,' 'Star Trek,' 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen' and 'The Proposal.'

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