The Twilight Saga is coming back in the form of five short films that will premiere exclusively on Facebook.
Lions Gate recently announced that they are teaming up with Facebook to finance the project of five short films based on the Twilight franchise, titled The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga.
Yep, the sparkly vampires are coming back, but don’t get out your Team Edward and Team Jacob shirts just yet, as things are going to be a little bit different.
No Robert Pattinson
None of the short films will be featuring the original cast – so fans may want to cry some sparkly tears as they will not be getting their Robert Pattinson fix.
The five films will focus on the story of five characters from the saga.
There are a lot of great characters in the Twilight franchise and a lot that would make interesting shorts.
I would love to see vampire huntress, Victoria’s origin explored, the story of Bree Tanner and I also think that Rosalie’s revenge plot would play out well, as would Jasper’s life before the Cullens.
Who will direct?
The directors will be picked by a panel of women who will also mentor the lucky chosen ones.
The panel is made up of Kristen Stewart (Bella from the original movies), The Twilight Saga author Stephenie Meyer, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen, producer Cathy Schulman, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, and Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee.
Why is this exciting?
The project is backed by Women in Film, an organisation that encourages female directors, which is very much needed as there is a distinct lack of female directorial representation in Hollywood (though the ones they do have are fantastic).
It is also exciting as it is another new way to access films. Along with the recent news that The Weinstein Company will be releasing the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel simultaneously on Netflix and IMAX, the news that these movies will be exclusive to Facebook is really great as it shows that film studios are starting to look seriously into digital distribution rather than the traditional cinema to blu-ray/DVD release options…whether this is the right way to go is another question entirely.
Do we need another entry into the Twilight Saga?
There are a lot of people that hate Twilight, but the fact is, it is one of the biggest selling franchises and as much hate as it tends to get, it gets a lot more love (book, film and merch sales all testify to this).
Stephenie Meyer has created a rich world of vampires and romance and there is a lot of great characters and stories still to be told. The subject matter and source material make for a perfect playground for some really interesting short films and also for aspiring directors to showcase their style.
So yes, we do need a bit more.