It's been just under four years since Breaking Dawn Part 2, the fourth and final instalment of the Twilight saga, hit theaters. It hardly seems like enough time has passed to merit rebooting the franchise already, and yet, in this day and age, it seems like nothing is off limits for the Hollywood reboot machine.
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So is Twilight getting a reboot or a sequel? Well, not yet. Not officially, anyway. But it's a definite possibility a bit further down the line. Let's take a look at the evidence stacking up so far, including the most recent snippet of information that Lionsgate is most definitely interested in bringing that sparkling vamp action back.
1. 'Bloody Disgusting' Seemed Pretty Damn Sure That A Twilight Reboot Was In The Works
The rumor of a Twilight reboot first began with movie website Bloody Disgusting in 2012, just before the Breaking Dawn Part 2 hit theaters. Quoting the whopping $412.5 million that the Twilight franchise brought Lionsgate, Bloody Disgusting seemed very, very convinced that a reboot would be on the way, in one form or another. They wrote:
"In fact, they’re already discussing [a Twilight remake] internally. It will happen. Twilight will return. It will never leave. It is eternal. Prepare to weep for another decade."
2. Lionsgate Denied, Denied, Denied
After Bloody Disgusting's sensational statement, Deadline reached out to Lionsgate for answers. Executive Rob Friedman responded back, saying:
"We are not remaking Twilight. We will happily support Stephanie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way. But this will be the last one unless that should change."
3. But Then, They Did Reboot The Twilight Franchise
Well, sort of.
In 2014, Lionsgate supported Stephanie Meyer, just like they said they would, to reboot the Twilight franchise, just like they said they wouldn't. They partnered up with Facebook to sponsor a contest for up-and-coming female filmmakers to create short films set in the Twilight universe. The result? Seven stunning mini movies that tell different stories of familiar Twilight characters. Oh, and a whopping $425,000 in crowdfunded awards money for the winners.
Check out the dark and devastating winner called The Mary Alice Brandon File, which tells the story of Alice's torturous time in a mental asylum in the '20s:
Technically, Lionsgate didn't lie. They said they weren't remaking Twilight itself, and they didn't. But they did make it sound like a reboot of any kind was off the table, and clearly it's not. There's plenty of material available for more mini-movies — or maybe even a feature-length?
Although there's no news yet of another competition on the horizon, that doesn't mean it will never happen. And to be honest, a larger reboot along the same lines as this contest — supporting young female filmmakers in a male-dominated industry — seems like it would be a great thing for everyone involved.
4. Kristen Stewart Gives Her Full Support
While you might think a young starlet who got catapulted into the spotlight on such a successful franchise might feel a bit of resentment about being replaced in her iconic role, Kristen Stewart harbors no such ill will toward a potential Twilight reboot.
Last August, the actress told Vanity Fair she's intrigued by the idea of watching someone else play Bella:
"To be honest with you: I would be interested. I’d be kind of fascinated, but it wouldn’t emotionally affect me one way or the other. I was so genuinely, heavily entrenched in that, and not in a way that felt like an obligation. Even though after the first one, which stood alone, it lasted a long time. It’s hard to speak to a five-year period in a few sentences, but I loved doing it. But that doesn’t mean I want to keep doing it."
5. Now Lionsgate Wants A Sequel, But There's A Catch
And just when all of this talk about a Twilight reboot seems to have died down, Lionsgate has stirred it all up again. On September 26, co-chairman of the Picture Group Patrick Wachsberger admitted that the company have firmly got their beady peepers on the potential to revisit the vampy saga. Like with all things though, it's not so simple as just whacking out another reboot or sequel:
“It’s a possibility. Not a certainty but it’s a possibility. It’s about Stephenie [novelist Stephenie Meyer]. If she wants to tell a story related to those characters we’re here for her.”
Between the massive success of the originals, and all the material left in Stephanie Meyer's universe, it seems like there's definitely an attraction (and major dollar!) in rebooting the Twilight franchise again in the future.
Let's just hope Stephenie Meyer is on the same page and at the very least, willing to introduce her gender-swapped novel Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined to Hollywood. Watch this space.
Would you be interested in watching a Twilight reboot?
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