The Twilight saga is a book series written by Stephenie Meyer, centered on Bella Swan, the human protagonist, and the mysterious Edward Cullen. After discovering that Edward is a vampire, but falling in love anyway, the couple must find a way to conquer the numerous obstacles that complicate their relationship. The Twilight fandom did not develop automatically, but came about slowly. However, it spread fast. The series was a global spectacle that people obsessed over. When fans, later given the title “Twihards”, learned that movies were in the production process, the fandom only increased. Though there are only four books, five movies were created, the last of which brought in $141.3 million. Still, not all fans enjoyed the movies. Many questions were left unanswered, in both the books and the movies. Now, after 2 years of waiting, fans’ wishes will finally be granted.
Lionsgate Entertainment and author Stephenie Meyer recently announced that there will be five more installments added to theTwilight franchise in the form of “mini-movies,” premiering exclusively on Facebook. Lionsgate claims that they “think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of ‘Twilight’ to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans.” Although the mini-movies are additions to the franchise, they will not necessarily be a continuation of the previous movies. Instead, the mini movies will convey the untold stories of some favorite characters in the Twilight world. With that said, Kristen Stewart will not reprise her role of Bella, and it is likely that Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner will not reprise their roles of Edward and Jacob. Nevertheless, there are many other stories to be told about the secondary characters, such as the Cullen siblings and other werewolves, that Meyer wants to explore.
Entitled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga, the mini-movies will not only tell new stories, but they will also be produced by new directors. Meyer decided to make these with the hope of giving aspiring female directors the chance to shine. To do this, Meyer and Lionsgate recruited a panel of talented women in the business, including Kristen Stewart, to help select five women who would have the chance to be “the new creative voices of the Twilight Saga”. Meyer believes that the female voice is extremely important in the entertainment business and wants to foster that idea through this process.
This announcement has Twihards everywhere rejoicing in an excited frenzy. Even if they did not truly enjoy the previous movies, fans will do everything in their power to be on a computer to hit “play” when the new series is released.