This frankly seemed a bit of a leap to us, that Twilight fans only want to see Twilight stars in Twilight related movies. The LA Times is claiming that “poor box office” returns on The Runaways and Remember Me are indicative of that. However are those box office returns truly poor? They are both independent movies, not mega-franchise or big studio pieces. For that matter, The Runaways isn’t even in wide release yet.
The only Twilight star who is attached to anything like that in the near future is Jackson Rathbone in The Last Airbender, and that doesn’t come out until after Eclipse. Valentine’s Day, a Gary Marshall big studio piece, with Taylor Lautner is currently the number three picture of the year. Adventureland was a coming of age indie film (dime a dozen) and Little Ashes (Dali or no Dali likeness) that bizarre caricature and bad reviews scared a lot of people off.
Don’t get us wrong, we love indie films, but not everyone does. It’s not a unique phenomena related to Twilight. Right now that is what the cast has booked. The better acid test will be Kellan Lutz in War of the Gods and Jackson Rathbone in Airbender.
According to the LA Times
“But there may be a deeper lesson here about Stewart: For all her acting versatility, when she strays from her “Twilight” wheelhouse, the fans don’t roll with her. That was, after all, also the message some experts gleaned from her first post-“Twilight” movie, “Adventureland,” which grossed just $16 million domestically despite getting some marketing play as a Stewart vehicle (and not three months after “Twilight” blew off the box-office doors). It’s a lesson that’s especially pointed with “Runaways” because Stewart, in inhabiting the role of Joan Jett, is in many ways picking up where Bella Swan left off. She’s playing the moody rebel in both, yet fans apparently only want to see her playing a certain kind of moody rebel.”
We think it’s rather insulting to Twilight fans to say that no one wants to see them in anything else. Was the same true of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings? In each of those incredibly successful series there were stars that rose to the next level and others who have wallowed in obscurity(self-imposed or otherwise).
To us what it comes down to is we want to see them in a good movie. If it comes down to plunking down money at the theater the whole story has to look like something we want to see, otherwise it’s a Netflix wait.
So what do you think of the LA Times story?