It’s been a long four years now since the world has heard much from the Twilight Saga, but in a recent interview with Screen Daily, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger discussed the possibility of a new film from the insanely popular franchise.
Here’s what he had to say:
“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.”
Touching on how Robert Pattinson got cast as Edward, he added:
“Twilight was a game changer for everyone involved.”
“Robert Pattinson only came in three weeks before shoot. An assistant, who has subsequently become a very successful executive, said, ‘There’s this guy called Rob Pattinson from the fourth Harry Potter…’ I said, ‘Well, let’s fly him in from London’.
“He did his screen test and he got the job. I’m not going to tell you how little the salary was on the first one but of course lawyers were there to renegotiate deals following its success.”
You can read more of Patrick’s interview here.
And now, let me quickly just write a brief open letter to Stephenie Meyer:
Dear Stephenie Meyer,
Please—please, please, please!—dig inside that wonderful mind of yours and pull out another Twilight story. You have so much material left, so many characters whose stories feel somewhat unfinished. In case you didn’t notice, many, many people absolutely adored your characters and the journey you set them on. No other franchise following the Twilight Saga quite reached the level of success that yours did; I mean, it grossed more than $3bn worldwide at the box office alone. That’s kind of a big deal.
We need more. It’s not that we can’t give up, or that we can’t just let things go—we can, we did with other franchises—it’s just that, as I said, you have so many characters whose stories feel unfinished (*cough Jacob-and-Renesmee cough*).
You have the studio’s support; you have the fans’ support.
So how ’bout it?
Well, felt good to get that off my chest.