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

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 14, 2012 1:47 PM
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Summit "Breaking Dawn Part 1"

$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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19 Comments

  • Tiffany | March 21, 2012 9:05 PMReply

    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.

  • Tweeter | April 7, 2012 12:15 AM

    The Twi films are crap and the source material was crap. Of course Lionsgate wants to squeeze more juice out of them, but Pattinson won't participate. He doesn't need the money and he's already moved on to working with directors like David Cronenberg. He's not going to go backwards at this stage of his career. You notice he's not the one who signed on to another teen franchise or sold his sold to hawk perfume. He's an actor, not a wannabe celebrity. Prequel or spinoff, neither will include Pattinson, thank goodness.

  • Kelli | February 17, 2012 1:53 AMReply

    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 | January 21, 2012 10:50 PMReply

    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 | January 18, 2012 6:15 PMReply

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

  • cs101010101 | January 15, 2012 5:22 PMReply

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

  • Fernanda | January 15, 2012 12:40 PMReply

    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 | January 15, 2012 12:40 PMReply

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

  • realboop77 | January 15, 2012 11:19 AMReply

    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 | January 15, 2012 10:11 AMReply

    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.

  • C. San | January 15, 2012 10:53 AM

    that actually sounds like something they may do, Margaret Sviete has a young adult series out about a werewolf boy and human girl...so far the series has three installments. If acquired, It may be the next cash cow for Summit.

  • Jerry | January 15, 2012 4:56 AMReply

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

  • chawk | January 15, 2012 4:22 AMReply

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

  • Kyle | January 15, 2012 3:47 AMReply

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

  • Kyla Villa | January 15, 2012 3:07 AMReply

    great movie of all time..blackhat seo forum

  • Alex | January 14, 2012 2:10 PMReply

    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!

  • Reality Bites | April 7, 2012 12:12 AM

    To @smiley, you are a joke. Pattinson is already being mentioned for an Oscar nod for Cosmopolis, which will debut at Cannes. He's moved on, making R rated indie films, he's not going back for more Twilight. He won't need the money, either, he can live off of $25 million for a very long time, he's frugal, not buying flashy cars or wasting it on material things. You're jealousy is showing and it's not attractive.

  • dav | January 14, 2012 3:38 PM

    Smiley -- in all fairness, he did just do a Cronenberg movie. He's got some cred.

  • Smiley | January 14, 2012 3:24 PM

    Because Pattinson's career is so good outside of Twilight? LMAO at delusional Robtards. He will come begging on his hands and knees at the chance to play Edward again. Fact.

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