The Twilight Saga is back! Lions Gate Entertainment has just announced that they will be teaming up with Facebook to bring Twilight back to life. Fans of the ultra-popular series are ecstatic as the new line of short films are due to be released sometime next year.
The series entitled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga, will each focus on a different popular characters from the blockbuster franchise, although the original cast will not be involved.
Michael Burns, Lions Gate’s vice chairman, said in an interview:
“We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of ‘Twilight’ to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,”
He later said, “this is just the beginning of the studio’s relationship with Facebook. This is the just the beginning — a template, if you will.”
“You can probably guess what might be coming next,” Burns added.
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We can only speculate what will be coming next. Does this mean that the Hunger Games franchise will also be coming to Facebook?
The directors of the new films have yet to be decided, but a panel of judges including Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen, and Stephenie Meyer, the author of the Twilight books, will decide who will take the reins.
The first movie of the series entitled, Twilight, was an instant hit. It recalled the love story between Bella Swan, played by Kristen Stewart, and Edward Cullen, a vampire, played by Robert Patterson. The movie was based off of the wildly popular 2005 novel by Meyer, which gained massive commercial success worldwide. The movie grossed over $392 million worldwide.
New Moon, the second movie of the franchise, was released in 2009. The story line brought back Bella and Edward, but it developed into a love triangle between them and Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner. The plot thickens when it is revealed that Jacob actually comes from a long lineage of shape-shifters who turn into wolves and are mortal enemies of the vampires. The movie brought in over $709 million dollars worldwide.
In 2010, Eclipse, the third movie of the series was released. Victoria, a vengeful vampire out to destroy Bella, created a “new-born” vampire army to reek havoc upon the duo. The love story finally evolved to Edward and Bella getting engaged. Also, Jacob and Edward formed a “truce” in order to protect Bella from Victoria and her new-born vampire lover Riley. Eclipse generated over $698 million worldwide.
The final book, Breaking Dawn, was split in two for the film version. The movies centered around Bella and Edward getting married, Bella getting pregnant, and eventually being turned into a vampire by Edward in order to save her life during childbirth.
Jacob eventually turned into an “alpha werewolf” and fell in love with Bella and Edward’s daughter, Renesmee. Breaking Dawn part 1 grossed over $712 million, and Breaking Dawn part 2 brought in over $829 million. Overall, the movies brought in over 3.3 billion dollars worldwide.
Stephenie Meyers’ four “Twilight” books have already sold more than 120 million copies all over the globe and has been translated into at least 38 different languages.
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