Ever since Lionsgate bought Summit Entertainment, industry insiders have been looking to see what the studio would be doing with the highly successful franchise, ‘Twilight.’ With the price tag of $412.5 million, it was a bit obvious that Lionsgate was interested in the smaller production company because of their lock on the vampires and werewolves. Now rumor has it that Lionsgate is actually kicking around the idea of a ‘Twilight’ reboot.
This rumor has been around in some form or another ever since the acquisition of Summit back in January. In an interview with LA Times after the buyout, Lionsgate’s Chief Executive of Entertainment, Jon Feltheimer, had said he hopes the franchise could continue in some form with his company and believes the film franchise could still bring in revenue even after ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2′ is released. “I’m anticipating ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ being $700 million-plus in worldwide box office,” he had said, “It’s hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn’t have ongoing value. It’s an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration.” At the time, the notion of bringing ‘Twilight’ to television was even brought up as Lionsgate, unlike Summit, has a television production unit.
Now, Bloody-Disgusting, has reported that Lionsgate is indeed already having internal discussions about doing some sort of remake:
“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.”
Just as quickly as the news went up, there came a phone call from Rob Friedman, an executive at Lionsgate, to Deadline stating that Bloody-Disgusting had spoken out of turn:
“We are not remaking Twilight. We will happily support (author) Stephanie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way. But this will be the last one unless that should change.”
So after all this, what can we take away from it? Basically Lionsgate is saying that the ball is in Meyer’s court, but in some interviews she has stated that she wouldn’t mind seeing a reboot so a remake of ‘Twilight’ isn’t out of the question. There has been talks of a spin off where the focus of the film would be on Bree Tanner, a newborn vampire that was first introduced in the third movie of the saga, “Eclipse,” so that could also be an option.
With the triumphant box office receipts that the ‘Twilight’ franchise has brought in, it would be sheer folly for Lionsgate not to find a way to continue the saga in one way or another. Whether it would be in the form of a spinoff, a one-off film or even a direct remake, Lionsgate is surely trying to find a way to continue the ‘Twilight’ momentum. Of course they wouldn’t be announcing any plans at this time, as that would take the wind out of the sails of “the last film in ‘The Twilight Saga’ ” promotion that will be gearing up soon for the movie’s release date in November.
So what do you think? Would you pay to see a ‘Twilight’ remake or even one without Bella, Edward or Jacob? Or do you think Lionsgate should leave well enough alone? I’d love to read your thoughts below!