Lionsgate/Summit to Revive 'Twilight Saga' with Reboot or Sequels?
The first iteration of this franchise isn't even over yet, but here's some news that could set fans' hearts aflutter and have haters storming the studio gates. Lionsgate/Summit are reportedly already planning a remake of Twilight. Bloody Disgusting released the news, which was quickly denied by the studio (via Deadline), who said in a statement that "this [upcoming film] will be the last one unless that should change." So it's not a flat-out denial, but more of an ambiguous statement to cover themselves when they conveniently change their minds in a couple years. Because let's face it, this is going to happen eventually.
Bloody Disgusting's report says that internal discussions have already begun at Lionsgate/Summit to develop a sequel, spin-off, or remake of the Twilight Saga, and frankly, I'd actually be more surprised if they weren't having those talks among themselves right now. Love it or hate it, Twilight put Summit on the map and was a huge part of why Lionsgate acquired the studio a little while back, so it makes total sense that the execs would want to explore ways to continue pulling in the massive amounts of cash this franchise generates. The studio's denial of the report was likely done out of respect for the ongoing series, because I'm sure these talks weren't supposed to be leaked to the public and with Breaking Dawn - Part Two set to be released in a few months (with a new trailer hitting this Wednesday morning), it looks disingenuous to the fans of this series if the studio is already looking past the big finale and on to a remake.
We all knew this was going to happen, it was just a matter of when. So with rumblings like this, and the studio claiming they "will happily support Stephanie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way," it looks like Edward and Bella could join Peter Parker and Bruce Banner as characters who get rebooted only a few years after their last film hits the big screen. And if not right way, perhaps the studios are just open to adapting more of Meyer's books if she happens to write a spin-off sequel or something of that sort to keep the series alive for tweens around the world.