With the release of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ in 2012, perhaps many people thought we would see the end of angst-ridden sparkly vampires extolling the virtues of abstinence. However, much like Bella and Edward, ‘Twilight’ will live forever with a series of short films inspired by some of the secondary characters in the saga.
However, before you become too cynical about even more ‘Twilight’ films, it actually does seem like a cool opportunity for aspiring female filmmakers. In a project called ‘The Storytellers: New Voices of the Twilight Saga,’ author Stephenie Meyer, along with Lionsgate, Women in Film, Facebook and Volvo, have selected six short screenplays from budding female writers and will be soon selecting female directors to helm these 5 to 10 minute shorts.
For the screenplay contest, the requirements include that the story take place before Edward and Bella meet and it must include a character featured in ‘The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide.’
Many of the stories submitted revolve around Alice Cullen, Edward’s sister played by Ashley Greene. The other screenplays focus on the evil Volturi vampire Jane, Benjamin from the Egyptian coven and Edward’s father Carlisle. There is no confirmation that any of the original actors will be reprising their roles.
‘Twilight’ star Kristen Stewart also helped select the six screenplays. Stewart and Meyer, along with Kate Winslet (‘Divergent’), Octavia Spencer (‘Insurgent,’ ‘Snowpiercer‘), Julie Bowen (‘Modern Family’), Jennifer Lee (writer/director of ‘Frozen’) and Catherine Hardwicke (director of the first ‘Twilight’ movie) will choose the six directors. The finished shorts will debut on Facebook, hopefully to the delight of Twihards everywhere.