Twilight, Hunger Games Franchises: There Are A Lot More Stories to be Told
Posted 2017/08/08 1564 0
Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer hinted either or both YA franchises could be revived to tell new stories in their respective universes.
During a quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is keen to let investors know that there could be more on the way from both its seemingly wrapped cash cows, stating that: “There are a lot more stories to be told, and we’re ready to tell them when our creators are ready to tell those stories.”
However, Feltheimer reportedly implied that they would only continue with the consent of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Hunger Games” author Suzanne Collins.
Meyer’s four-book Twilight Saga revolves around the love story of vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). The series also includes a pack of werewolves, with Bella enmeshed in a love triangle with Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) for much of the franchise. The franchise is consisted of five films: Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010), The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012). The series has grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide. Meyer is currently executive producing the upcoming supernatural thriller The Rook at Starz, with Stephen Garrett serving as showrunning executive producer. The Twilight series told the love story of human Bella and vampire Edward, though there could be more about their continuing adventures together.
Collins’ Hunger Games, meanwhile, is set in a dystopian future wherein the country of Panem forces children compete against each other in a deadly game for the amusement of the citizens. The series sees Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) reluctantly lead a rebellion against the country’s leaders. The franchise is consisted of four films: The Hunger Games (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015). The series grossed over $2.9 billion worldwide. Though the franchise seemed to end the story of Katniss Everdeen, they could tell later tales about her life or prequels about any of the earlier Hunger Games mentioned in the books and films.
The final installment of The Hunger Games series underperformed at the box office – which Lionsgate blamed on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, seemingly indicating audiences had grown tired of either the franchise or the genre of dystopian sci-fi adapted from young adult novels as a whole. Still, both franchises have proved to maintain dedicated fans who may be interested in more stories from these book-inspired worlds. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if Lionsgate actually puts additional installments of The Hunger Games and the Twilight Saga into development.