Variety Reports that Stephenie Meyer is Annoyed at Lionsgate CEO

As we reported back in January, a Lionsgate CEO saying that he hoped for more Twilight movies and a possible TV series didn’t mean that such a thing was eminent(see article here) We came to this opinion if for no other reason Stephenie Meyer would have to agree to such and she’s said numerous times that she is taking a break from Twilight and focusing (at least in the relative short term) on two other projects: The Host and Austenland. She made no mention of future Twilight projects when she updated her website for the first time in almost a year earlier this month. Additionally, she is very ‘hands on” regarding adaptations based on her work, and it didn’t seem likely that she’s give Lionsgate free reign to go ahead and dabble in a new movie or TV show without being majorly involved.

So, tonight it’s probably not surprising that a reporter for Variety Tweeted the following regarding the Lionsgate Hunger Game franchise and Twilight( bold emphasis ours).

HUNGER GAMES presales begin tomorrow; early tracking shows it outpacing the first TWILIGHT pic. My theory as to why: Safe for boys.

As long as we’re on topic: Stephenie Meyer was deeply annoyed that LG brass said they’d do more TWILIGHT pics. She has no such intention.

I’d bet the TWI franchise outperforms THG over time. But those openers & domestic BO figures will be competitive.(in response to this tweeted question: But we saw the following movies multiple times, and played out DVDs to death. I just don’t see that for “The Hunger Games”.)

EXACTLY (in response to this tweeted question: And absolutely no chance that it will surpass, or even equal, Twilight in the long haul.)

That was my point tho — TWI was overwhelmingly female. THG appeals across genders, and also touches fanboy elements. (in response to this question: the Twilight books have zero depth, Hunger Games have strong relatable characters…which should draw everyone not just boys)

 

It is also worth pointing out that though Lionsgate and Summit merged, we believe that there is still a large degree of newness as to what is the status of the films each organization has in its arsenal. They don’t fully know all the players and what their likely intentions are. With all the PR and questions from very corner, that’s probably what lead to what is looking more and more like a case of overly enthusiastic open mouth insert foot on Lionsgate’s part from speaking off the cuff.

For our part we wish the Hunger Games franchise well. It will do well if for no other reason like Twilight and the later Harry Potter books it has dominated the best seller charts for years. However because the New York Times (after the third Potter book) relegated these books to the children’s sections, so people don’t always realize how popular they are. The real test of popularity is looking at lists like USA Today that put all book sales against each other cross category.That’s where you see the Hunger Games, Harry Potter,Twilight, the Wimpy Kid, and several other “children’s/YA” series dominate the market. In other words, YA isn’t as much of a mystery as people think if they’d just look at book sales that matter on say USA today and the Wall Street Journal charts they’d have the info they need right at their fingertips.

Shout out to His Golden Eyes for being the first Twilight site to break the story.

Comments

  1. FaithCullen says:

    Ok you can quit reading my mind now! :P I had signed up tonight in hopes of getting an answer to whether or not we are going to see Twilight as a tv show….guess we have the/our answer now. :P

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  3. Anyone who is a Stephenie Meyer fan, and follows news related to her, KNOWS that her next project is The Host movie and that the Lionsgate CEO was just BSing when he said there would be more Twilight movies/projects.

  4. Gosh, this article is filled with typos and grammatical structure errors. :(

  5. Lynne Stringer says:

    I think it’s worth pointing out that Variety, in common with many other mags, is inclined to use creative license in its stories. I am treating this article with the grain of salt it deserves, unless I have independent verification from a better source that SM expressed any opinion about the TV series. I certainly don’t want a TV series, and think it’s a safe bet that she wouldn’t support it, but would be surprised if their assertion is based on any factual information.

    • We’re going to disagree with you there. Variety tends to do more editorialized breaking news, direct comments, press releases, and like Deadline (and to some degree THR) they get exclusive tip off info. They’re more excited to be the first to the story that others then spin.

      • Lynne Stringer says:

        We’ll agree to disagree, then. Even the most prominent and prestigious groups in the business are not adverse to a bit of license on occasions. Only about 5% of journalists don’t indulge in it on some occasions.

  6. I take issue with whoever tweeted “the Twilight books have zero depth, Hunger Games have strong relatable characters…which should draw everyone not just boys.” Obviously this comment was made by someone who hasn’t read the books at all, but is offering an opinion based on assumption not fact. The Twilight Saga features very strong characters…otherwise it wouldn’t resonate with and appeal to so many people. Just because someone thinks the concept of the fantasy is silly doesn’t mean they should knock the heart of it.

  7. It’s not about money. It’s about the story of these characters. It’s crazy to think that they could just have free reign to do more movies. I agree with Stephenie 100% that the movies should stop at BD2. I would hate to have someone else writing anything else with these characters other than Stephenie. They do not understand this story or it’s author or it’s fans. More books are what her fans want, if she is able to do it. Give the poor woman a break for crying out loud. She has done so much already.

  8. Aileen Leon says:

    Aww poor girl , and am happy were not getting anOther movie or whatever . They should seriously give her a break , her life can’t only be about twilight . :)))

  9. I would not want SM to write more about Twilight, I would not watch it without the actors currently involved. As for HG it is a good book and the movie looks great, I feel both have/will do well. Lionsgate, let’s not be so greedy, listen to the fans.

  10. I respect everyone’s opinion about SM not writing anymore Twilight Books but I desperately want “Midnight Sun”…!! :(

  11. I have a feeling at THG may be frontloaded. We will see.

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