New Moon 'Halted Over Lawsuit'

TWILIGHT sequel NEW MOON has been thrown into jeopardy - author STEPHENIE MEYER is facing a plagiarism lawsuit over the vampire franchise, according to reports.
The original 2008 movie - starring Robert Pattinson - was a major international hit and has spawned a follow-up which is currently being shot in Canada. The film franchise is based on the popular book series, written by Meyer.
But production on the second film has reportedly been halted following claims Meyer is facing legal action from her former college roommate, who is said to have accused the writer of basing the novels on her ideas.
According to I'mnotobsessed.com, Heidi Stanton - who studied alongside Meyer at Brigham Young University, Utah - claims the vampire books are similar to a short story she wrote when she was a student there.
Stanton filed her lawsuit against Meyer in Utah last Tuesday (14Apr09), alleging idea infringement.
She states in the papers, "Quite frankly, I was shocked when I began watching the movie with my husband last week. I immediately told him that she got that idea from me! I wrote a fictional short story with the same ideas when we were in college together."
Meyer claims the premise for the popular series came to her in a dream in June 2003 and she completed the first novel three months later.
And the legal battle has reportedly cast doubt on the highly-anticipated New Moon, with production being "put on hold" until the case is resolved, according to the website.
New Moon is scheduled for release at the end of the year (09).


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Does this woman, honestly, think that she has a case here?So she wrote a short story about vampires back in college and years later she finds out that her roommate is now a millionaire from her vampire novels. short story..novels. where is the plagiarism? Stephanie Meyer clearly expanded the idea of vampires and created an entire world. Unless she copied that story line, the character names, etc..and that short story was copyrighted...where is the plagiarism?I am confused.This woman is upset that her little Mormon life did not amount to her college roommates.I'm sorry..i just really want to see the sequel. =)
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true or not, throw some money at her so the filming can continue. the world is waiting for the rest of the movies. her short story could not have contained all the details we have all read in the 4 books.
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This is a downright lie, Stephanie Meyers are not being sued and nor has the production of New Moon been halted, all fabrication and lies, proof? Check out www.twilightgossip.com where they have comments from both Summit Entertainment and from Stephanie Meyer's publisher:"April 20, 2009 RUMOR CONTROL: STEPHANIE MEYER IS NOT BEING SUED!Posted by admin On April 10th, rumors of Stephanie Meyer being sued and that filming on New Moon has been halted is completely false. The origination of the story on the Max Dan Wiz site has now been removed. Below are the official comments now from both Summit Entertainment and now Little Brown/Hachette:Official comment from Summit Entertainment regarding the portion of the story as it specifically refers to filming is as follows:“This rumor is certainly NOT true. Please let your readers know.”Official comment from Stephenie Meyer’s publisher regarding the portion of the story that refers to the lawsuit:“This story is false.”
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Ok! Hold up! I have been scared 2 death with FAKE stories about Robert pattinson leaving new moon,the movie being stoped by economical problems, ect.. And all of them have been fake. Is this true or just another scare but it would be hard to change the date because the movies logo has the date....IS THIS TRUE OR JUST ANOTHER SCARE?!
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I so agree with the other comment! How come she waited for so long to watch the movie And say that stephenie meyer stold her ideaI think this is a set up for the other person to gain Fame over this i sweat theres so much hate in this damn. WorldI still love stephenie meyer for creativity and her work for all 4 books
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I wonder if the other woman will be able to produce the "short story" that she wrote, even if she does then I'm sure a settlement will be reached. It's my guess though that the case will be thrown out or settled so filming can resume.
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I agree! the movie has been out since Nov. 21 of last year and the dvd has been out since March 21 of this year. If she thought that there might have been a plagarism she should have said something way before now!!
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she wrote a short story????? hello, twilight, new moon, eclipse and breaking dawn isnt exactly a short story! attention seeking i think! she's tryin to cash in on twilights success! and yeh, why only open your mouth now?!
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