Last night, as if it was some global event at 10PM ET, the MTV Movie Blog unveiled the art and official title for the second chapter in the Twilight series. From this point forward, it shall be addressed as “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon” – although the new art leaves out the “‘s.”

The name and art for the second installment includes some changes but retains much of the concept from the first – there’s nothing to get too excited about here. Fans will likely enjoy the same font though it has changed to an orange tint. There is also a subtle crescent moon and the release date of Nov. 20, 2009.

See it for yourself below.

As I said, nothing too thrilling, but I suppose it’s worth noting the changes in color from blue to orange, distinguishing the first from the second. The five-word official title is an extension of author Stephenie Meyer’s, simple “New Moon.” I don’t know about you, but to me the title seems really pretentious – what’s wrong with just New Moon?

If viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, the occurrence of a new moon means it has completely darkened and has already begun waxing on the right side. The way it’s shown on the poster is actually the end of one moon and not the beginning of a new one, but we can’t expect the production company in charge of designing the graphics to consider something like that–no, that would be all too much. Along with the vampires of the first, the next installment will also feature werewolves–who, in common folklore, manifest during a full moon. Hopefully, new director, Chris Weitz will get something this right and make it a better film than the first.

Summit Entertainment’s official synopsis reads:

“Bella Swan is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen, but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested.”

Actors, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will reprise their roles as Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black. Filming is set to begin March 23, 2009 in Vancouver and by May, will move on to Volterra, Italy.

How will Twilighters respond to the name change? Does the extension really make a difference?

Source: MTV Movie Blog