The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 will hit theaters this fall, thereby ending a movie series that has become a worldwide phenomenon, hated or loved by millions of people. The franchise has definitely been loved by Summit Entertainment, the little studio that got a major upgrade from The Twilight Saga's estimated billion-plus dollar box office business.
Those who love Twilight have lamented the impending end that comes with Breaking Dawn - Part 2, while those who can't stand the bombardment of Twilight in their everyday lives have already started celebrating. But no matter which side of the Twilight line you're on, you've at least been conscious of the fact that the end is indeed near.
Or is it?
Rumors are flying today, as Bloody-Disgusting dropped a bomb on the film geek world with a report stating that sources close to Lionsgate (which acquired Summit early this year) are already talking behind the scenes about re-launching the Twilight movie franchise - presumably in some kind of reboot or remake fashion. BD isn't even reporting this as rumor: the site goes out on a limb so far as to suggest that despite any denials from the studio in the immediate future, this Twilight relaunch is both a reality, and a certainty.
As quoted from Bloody-Disgusting:
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.
Twilight will return. It will never leave. It is eternal. Prepare to weep for another decade.
Since that report broke, the predicted denials from the studio have indeed come... sort of. Deadline contacted the Summit/Lionsgate "movie czar," Rob Friedman, who had the following statement to share:
"We are not remaking Twilight. We will happily support Stephanie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way. But this will be the last one unless that should change.”
As is noted in the story, Twilight author Stephanie Meyer has previously said she's open to a reboot/remake of the series (and why wouldn't $he be?), so the statement from Friedman does the nice job of walking the line in terms of being an outright denial. If not a "remake" there are still technically "reboots," "prequels," "spin-offs," etc., which could be done - any and all of which Meyer could be interested in pursuing, from both a creative and financial standpoint.
Expect this debate to continue, but for what it's worth: considering just how well the Twilight movies have done for Summit and Stephanie Meyer, there's no doubt (in my mind, at least), that the subject of keeping the cash cow milking has at least been broached. Especially with new partner Lionsgate holding The Hunger Games franchise in its pocket. Too much money on the table for it not to have been at least discussed.
We'll keep you updated as this Twilight reboot story develops. In the meantime:
Sources: Bloody-Disgusting, Deadline