A rumor going around online at the moment claims that production of New Dawn, the second Twilight movie, has been halted due to Stephenie Meyer being accused of plagarism. Only problem? It's not true.
The story, as reported by Digital Spy and WENN amongst others, says that Heidi Stanton, Meyer's former college roommate, claims that Twilight and sequels are actually all her idea. There are even quotes from the legal documents:
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.
According to the reports, the lawsuit has forced Summit Entertainment to suspend production of the second movie in the series, pending resolution. Only problem is, it's not true. Summit have already issued a statement saying that production continues, and Meyer's agent has also announced that the lawsuit is completely fictitious. So what's going on? The website that originally broke the story has removed the entire post in question, and it's falling to fansites to try and set the record straight. So is this just a fan rumor gone mainstream? Summit's rep doesn't care:
The Internet for all of its assets can still be an easy breeding ground for such hoaxes and detractors, and we hope that people will not be duped so easily, and use appropriate diligence before perpetuating everything or anyone that claims to have information about the Twilight franchise.
Personally, I think people just wanted to believe it.