Midnight Sun: Stephenie Meyer sets release date for new Twilight novel
Nearly 15 years since Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling vampire novel Twilight was first published in October 2005, the author has officially announced the new release date for the latest installment to the Twilight novel series titled Midnight Sun, which will be set during the events of the first book and will be told from Edward Cullen’s perspective. Set to finally make its launched on August 4, 2020, the book’s release also comes eight years after the theatrical release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 which grossed over $800 million at the worldwide box office. Check out Meyer’s full announcement below in an appearance at Good Morning America!
Midnight Sun has been in development for so many years now and was originally supposed to be released in 2008. However, the first twelve pages of the manuscript was unfortunately leaked online leading to Meyer putting the project on hold. In 2015, the book was again delayed following the release of Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined, the gender-swapped version of Twilight. Due to the release of E.L. James’ Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told By Christian Grey, another successful book franchise that was based on Twilight, Meyer has again decided to postponed its release.
“Though I didn’t have time to work on it right away, the idea of letting Edward have his chance to speak stuck with me. I couldn’t shake it. I found myself thinking his words in the middle of the night and jotting down phrases he would use while I was waiting in line at the post office. As soon as I finished my real work, I sat down and let Edward get his say,” Meyer previously said of the prequel on her website. “But when a story demands to be written, there’s no way to resist. And the more I wrote, the more I became convinced that Edward deserved to have his story told.”
Meyer’s best-selling Twilight novels series is consist of four novels including: New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn which were all adapted into five films and became an instant blockbuster hit with an overall gross of $3.346 billion. The Twilight Saga films have also launched lead actors Robert Pattinson (Good Time, The Lighthouse, The Batman) and Kristen Stewart (Panic Room, Clouds of Sils, Maria, Seberg) into stardom as they are now regarded as critically-acclaimed actors, who have proven themselves by succeeding in independent films following their Twilight success. Get the whole series on Blu-ray!