Rumor Mill At it Again on Twilight Sequels

twilight-booksSo here is what is being reported by Bloody Disgusting(Boldingours):

Lionsgate, who acquired Summit back in January for $412.5 million in cash and stock, will be in serious discussions regarding the future of the Stephenie Meyer vampire/werewolf franchise. They’ll deny it, right here, right now. We’ll get plenty of eggs in our face. Sites will burn us at the stake like a witch during the Salem trials. Still, the fact will remain: it’s true. In fact, they’re already discussing it internally. It will happen… It is still undecided exactly what the future of the franchise will be, though. It could be a direct remake, considering the initial saga is so poorly made, but then again it could also be a spinoff or maybe even a one-off sequel. It could be anything to keep the green bills piling high. But expect a remake. Yes, quickly.

Here’s our take(no special, insider knowledge here, just going on gut instinct and doing this for 6 years): For starters the Bloody Disgusting article states no one has approached Stephenie Meyer about this yet. They are just talking amongst themselves. Of course the studio wants more. Studios are like Oliver Twist, they always want more, that doesn’t mean they have the rights to do more. In order for them to do something else with Twilight they’d have to get the permission of Stephenie Meyer, who has said that she not writing anything vampire related for awhile. So that knocks out the sequel idea right there.

The only remaining Twilight stories left are the Bree Tanner novella and the backstories from the Twilight Guide. The first one is kind of short for a movie and the other would need major development since they are individual stories with minimal, non-linear connections.

Stephenie is also now doing The Host (which will probably entail two sequels that Stephenie needs to write) so she’s a little busy at the moment.

All the above brings us back to the fact that unlike other writers Stephenie Meyer  is very hands on about her work, and on set nearly everyday on her recent films she is a producer. It seems unlikely that she would relinquish control and say “sure go an make whatever you want without me.”

So to wrap it up:

Do we think that it’s possible the new folks at Lionsgate who aren’t incredibly familiar with Stephenie might be talking sequels amongst themselves? Yes.

Do we think that eventually there will be a reboot? Yes, but not for like 10 years at least.

Do we think a sequel, TV show, one-off movie is possibly in the near future? Not until The Host is done and that’s going to be awhile.

Comments

  1. I agree with your projections.

    I would expect any future films (just can’t see a TV show happening) to be more from the point of view of the vampires/shapeshifters/immortals.

    This could justify and support the base reasoning for a reboot, while adding more complexity to the storyline, carry the story beyond Bella’s experiences, and allow for different actors/milieu/etc, simply because they see and experience things differently than Bella did, not to mention have a lot more going on than Bella is aware of (e.g., the dispatching of the Port Angeles’ stalker in the Book-which-shall-not-be-named).

    Crossing fingers that Ron Howard/Imagine is still available, and interested…

  2. Faye massenroe says:

    Can someone (lions gate or summit) just pay stephenie meter whatever she wants to finish midnight sun. Midnight sun is the only new Twilight project I will accept before moving on to new topics in the saga. No Jacob and Renessme

  3. For those who do want a spin-off of Jacob and Renesmee this is how I could be illustrated: Its a well written completed fanfiction of their story.
    Here is the link: http://www.facebook.com/notes/kachiri-vie/in-pursuit-of-normalcy-chapter-one-pipline/180201468711533

  4. I would LOVE a redo! The Twilight movie started out all wrong and then Mel. R. completly changed the personalities of the characters. But Kristen wrecked Bella. I’m sure that she can be a really good actress but she is nothing like Bella.

    • They are not going to redo the saga. Yes i agree that the movie started out all wrong because they let Melissa R used her poison pen to totally destroy the whole saga. Kristen was ok as Bella and as much as some people hate her as Bella, i cant imagine anyone else playing that role. The saga has made a lot of money and all of them have been box office smashes, so why would they want to remake them.

  5. I don’t know why media outlets get all crazy about “rumors” or the reported meetings, talks, and sayings of studios. A LOT of things get said in a studio that may or may not come to fruition. It is very likely that Summit-Gate execs talked about the future of the Twilight franchise. It’s made them close to 2 billion dollars. Who wouldn’t want to continue the franchise in one shape or form, but the reality is, those are just talks. As Summit has already announced, nothing formal has been done to pursue any course of action to make more films or reboot the originals. Their first course of action would be to get the go ahead from Stephenie, and unlike many writers, Steph has already moved her writing career into that of producing, so she has a LOT of say. They haven’t done this.

    People talk in Hollywood all the time, and it means nothing. Now once things are in actual writing (as in contractual agreements) then we can get excited.

    • I, for one, am comforted that it is unlikely as things currently stand. There will continue to be objections and complaints about different aspects of the movies no matter what; with such a popular series, I don’t think everyone would be pleased regardless! But I am happy with the characters as they have been portrayed and do not want to see remakes any time soon. As for reboots/sequels…it would depend entirely upon SMs approval and following HER story-lines and maintaining the same acting talent, ie. Jackson Rathbone=Jasper, Ashley Green=Alice Cullen, etc. It might be interesting to take material from Bree Tanner or even the Official Guide for back-story development…but I don’t know if I want to see Jacob and Renesmee….

  6. I suspect there will be more and more rumors as the twi saga comes to a close.

    Just a little thought. Stephanie had said she is not into vampires right now for her writing. I fully expect more Host as that seems obvious with the movie in production. I do wonder though if she would continue other twi non-vamp characters. I have read in past interviews her interest in exploring Leah. Stephanie’s statement was not writing vamps. She did not close the door all twi world. Or maybe she did and I missed that. It may be a good follow up question for an interview.

  7. Since it sounds like Stephenie won’t be writing about vamps anytime soon there had better not be anything. No tv shows, no sequels unless she writes the story. I would love to eventually read Renesmee’s story but I want Midnight Sun first. But it sounds like she more likely to be working on The Host sequels which I’m okay with because I want to read them.

    As far as a reboot, I think it’d be stupid to do it anytime soon, that would be like a slap in the face to the actors and anyone involved in them. I guess they could redo them 10/15 years down the road. (I for one hate any reboots like they did recently with Footloose so I probably wouldn’t see it even if they did.)

  8. LadyLovesLeo says:

    Hopefully, the studio will allow enough time to pass before a reboot to allow all the fans time to savor the movies that have been made thus far. The original Twilight movie led me to read all of the books and watch the other movies. I wouldn’t be here without it. That being said, it is a far stretch from the book. Hopefully, many years from now, the movies may be reshot and completely rescripted. Since the characters aren’t supposed to age, it would be better to spend time planning and scripting the entire series, then start reshooting back to back. Will there ever be any actors that would give up that much time on a project that may or may not be accepted by the loyal fans? Who knows, but it would allow for more continuity – as we’ve seen with BD, it was a brilliant idea to shoot both parts back to back. Maybe in a few years, Stephenie would even consider adapting the script herself and using her own production company. Well, a girl can dream anyway . . .

  9. They are not going to reboot or remake the Twilight Saga. People keep saying that maybe down the road. No one is going to be interested in Twilight anything years from now.

  10. The movies were far from being a linear story onscreen, and I’m blaming MR/Summit for it as feel they are the ones that made it look like Edward was a controlling jerk, and Jacob was sweet and innocent (and totally whitewashing some of his behaviour in EC like the kiss on the mountain). I don’t that the movies are going to be redone any time soon, but I do think there’ll be a remake of them at some point and when there is, I hope that they can find a screenwriter/director combo like New Line did with Peter Jackson’s LOTR, and make the series really, really awesome.

    As for a tv show, it would be unwise, I think, to do so unless the show focuses on one of the other coven’s introduced in the series like James’ or the Volturi. But I have a very hard time believing that a show will happen with reports of how hands on SM likes to be. The best I think will happen would be the Bree Tanner novella happening as a straight-to-dvd release.

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