Lionsgate Wants To Keep ‘Twilight’ Franchise Going After 5th Film

Lionsgate Wants To Keep 'Twilight' Franchise Going After 5th Film

$412.5 million. That’s how much Lionsgate just paid to acquire Summit in a deal that closed this week. Summit have made a name for themselves thanks to the massive global box office of the “Twilight” films, and over the years, stamped themselves as players with small films that exceeded expectations: “Knowing,” “50/50,” “Red,” “Source Code,” “Letters To Juliet” and Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker” (which won the Oscar despite a terrible reception at the box office). But let’s be honest, Lionsgate didn’t buy Summit for those. They want the bloodsuckers and werewolves.

Twihards will likely rejoice at the suggestion that, while it’s far from being official, Lionsgate chief Jon Feltheimer is keeping the flame for a fifth movie alive. Speaking to Company Town, the executive made it clear that it pretty much makes zero business sense to stop a lucrative franchise at the height of its box office powers. “I’m anticipating ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2‘ being $700 million-plus in worldwide box office,” he said, projecting the movie will do even better than Part 1 while adding that another entry is being hoped for. “It’s hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn’t have ongoing value. It’s an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is ‘Boy I hope so.’ ”

Unlike Summit, which was a privately held company, Lionsgate has shareholders they need to answer to and now that they’ve made an expensive purchase, they’re going to have to justify the value. Of course, ‘Breaking Dawn’ is the last of the Stephenie Meyer books about Edward and Bella, so who knows where it could go next. Prequel? Spinoff? Or maybe Meyer will help continue the story from where it stands now. 

Regardless of how you feel about the movies, they make money and have a huge fanbase who are still very much invested in the story of Edward and Bella. It’s likely ‘Breaking Dawn’ won’t be the last we see of them.

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Comments

Tiffany

I have absolutely loved all the twilight films and would be thrilled to see another one. I've read all the books and would be equally thrilled if Stephanie Meyer wrote another one. I know myself and many other twihards would fully support a continuation. I agree with the article, why stop such a lucrative franchise?! I do think however that any continuation would thoroughly suck without Meyer's involvement. Why stop a good thing in its peak? It just doesn't make sense.

Kelli

They should redo twilight because that movie sucked. The acting sucked, the writing sucked, and they took out super important scenes from the book and put in pointless ones that weren't even in the book. Like the meadow scene was an epic fail. If you read it in the book it is super romantic. And if you disagree go to imdb and look at the list of like 100 goofs that were stupid mistakes that shouldn't have happened. That is my opinion.

Ruby

i like the last part "Regardless of how you feel about the movies, they make money and have a huge fanbase who are still very much invested in the story of Edward and Bella. It's likely 'Breaking Dawn' won't be the last we see of them."
finally someone speaking the truth to all the haters out there saying it sucks… it apparently doesnt, to you yes, but to that huge fanbase, no

and if they do make a tv show, i dont want edward or bella story, thats done. i want like two hour long episode of how Carlisle became a vampire and everything he went through, another two episodes of how Esme became a vampire, the same with Jasper, Alice, Emmett and Rosalie. I want background stories for them, especially Alice, since she was in a mental institution when she was human, I want to know why!

SomeAsianChick

Kill this shit. The books were already an offence to the written word. The films only good for unintentional comedy.

cs101010101

Keep in mind this is the same company that wanted Saw to go to a 7th film.

Fernanda

Do they have no faith in The Hunger Games? Twilight has run its course… the movies are not good and the acting is even worse!

Jessica

Keep them going but only with the same people and story line!

realboop77

Ofcors i would still give the same support for ROBSTEN like it was no matter what movie it is. I just love the fact that they inspire other people in somany ways.. Great job guys.. Love you always..

Sara

I really doubt about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will film another film for twilight. and if they write some love-story about a vampire girl and a human boy, it wont make the huge sucess that twilight had.

Jerry

Huh…suddenly it wouldn't be such a bad thing for the world to end this year.

chawk

I've had enough of the Bella/Edward story. They should do a Jacob/Renesmee movie/spinoff.

Kyle

No. Please. God. No. Do not do this to humanity. We've had enough Twilight. Move on.

Kyla Villa

great movie of all time..blackhat seo forum

Alex

If they do more movies, Pattinson won't play Edward. He wants to stay away from vampires as much as possible. That's a fact. So…good luck with that!

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