On November 16, 2012 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, the final film in the Twilight franchise, will hit theaters and that will be the end of the Twilight movies – or is it? According to Jon Feltheimer, Chief Executive of Lions Gate Entertainment, there may be some Twilight sequels on the way.
Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga may end at Breaking Dawn, but considering how much money the studio is making on the film adaptations it is no surprise that they are considering ways to make that cash flow last as long as possible. Jon Feltheimer sees further potential in the franchise.
Lionsgate bought Twilight studio Summit Entertainment for more than $400 million last week, and one of Feltheimer’s first proclamations was to suggest his company wants to maximize profits from its newly acquired asset. After all, The Twilight films have so far generated almost $2.5 billion at the global box office.
“I’m anticipating Breaking Dawn Part 2 being $700m-plus in worldwide box office,” Feltheimer told the LA Times. They then asked him if he would like to see the series continue, he said: “It’s hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700m-plus doesn’t have ongoing value. It’s an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is: ‘Boy I hope so.'”
Now, while the possibility of more Twilight films may make the Twi-hards scream with joy, it may not go over so well with author Stephenie Meyer. She has published four novels in the series, along with spin-off title The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner, and Meyer has stated that she has no plans to continue writing about Twilight. So what exactly will the studio make into a movie? There are no books left, except for the novella and it does not seem like an obvious choice for a big-screen transfer, as it is not told from the perspective of any of the main characters in the Twilight series. However, it is possible that the studio may do some hardcore edits to make the novella into box office gold.
I can see the studio doing their best to write their own Twilight story, just so that can keep the money coming. I’m sure if they did do that they would piss off every fan loyal to Meyer and her original work. After all, when L. J. Smith was fired from The Vampire Diaries and her publisher brought on a ghostwriter to continue her tale, her fans went into a rage! They want Smith telling the story and no one else. Can you imagine how big and bad it would be if someone else tried to write Meyer’s story? Yeah, lots of pissed off fans.
I don’t know how the studio plans to make more Twilight films, but if they do, it may go very VERY badly for them. Or, who knows, it could be amazing.
What do you guys think of more Twilight films after Breaking Dawn Part 2?