Courtesy of Summit
franchise is coming back to life
two years after Breaking Dawn Part 2
, its final installment, was released in theaters.
Stephenie Meyer, author of the young adult fantasy series that inspired the movies, has partnered with Lions Gate and will be choosing three up-and-coming female directors to direct short films based on Twilight
characters. Lions Gate will be providing the financial backing for the films, which will premiere exclusively on Facebook in 2015.
Yes, that's right, Facebook may be moving into a new realm--exclusive film content.
“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,” Lions Gate chairman Michael Burns said.
The short films will constitute a series entitled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga,
and have the full support of Women In Film, which encourages female directors. The winners of the contest will be chosen by a panel of female actresses and directors, among them Kristen Stewart, who starred in all five Twilight
films, and Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first movie in the franchise.
The planning is still in its early stages, so no word yet on how long the films will be or what the budget is for this new endeavor.
As a huge fan of these books and movies (more so the former than the latter), I have mixed feelings on this one.
I'm all for giving aspiring filmmakers a chance to show their stuff, especially women. Plus, I would have loved for the series to continue forever, so a revival is amazing news.
However, there aren't any plans as of now to have the original cast members make appearances in the short films--and in some cases, the cast were the only reason I even enjoyed the movies.
What do you think, fellow Twilight
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