Here's a story in two parts. The first part is that, after a very long series of negotiations that goes back to 2008, a deal was finalized today in which Lionsgate
will purchase Summit Entertainment
for $412.5m in cash and stock. Part of the impetus for the sale is the ending Twilight
film series, which concludes this fall with the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2
. Or does that planned conclusion really have to be the end ...