The Twilight Saga, inspired by the popular book collection by Stephenie Meyer, is in the early stages of being developed for television by Lionsgate Television, as insiders at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety have disclosed.
The endeavor is in its preliminary phase, with no network, platform, or writer presently attached. Sources indicate that Lionsgate, the owner of the franchise’s rights, intends to oversee the development process before offering the rights to the package.
Author Stephenie Meyer Anticipated to Participate
It is expected that Stephenie Meyer will be involved in the TV adaptation, working alongside Wyck Godfrey and former Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig as executive producers.
Godfrey’s Temple Hill production company created all five movies, while Feig’s Summit Entertainment secured the rights to the book collection after Paramount Pictures declined. The movie series, which catapulted Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner to stardom, grossed over $3.4 billion globally.
Lionsgate Television representatives have not provided any comments on the subject.
Twilight’s Significance in Lionsgate’s Collection
Twilight is a crucial component of Lionsgate’s collection. In 2017, half a decade after Breaking Dawn: Part 2 completed the movie adaptation, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer hinted at the potential for more stories from both Twilight and The Hunger Games franchises during an earnings call.
The development of the Twilight series is taking place as Lionsgate is in ongoing discussions to potentially separate its studio business and premium cable network Starz by September 2023.
Current Reboots and Revivals
Lionsgate TV recently unveiled plans to bring back Spartacus with a follow-up series from creator Steven S. DeKnight. The studio is also considering a sequel to the former Showtime comedy Weeds and has recently resurrected Party Down.
Reboots and revivals remain popular, as they can penetrate the market and enhance the worth of older library titles.
The Twilight movies have recently shifted their streaming platform to NBCUniversal’s Peacock after a period on Netflix.
Other Adaptations of Popular Franchises in Progress
The initiation of the Twilight series aligns with HBO Max’s recent announcement of a Harry Potter television adaptation, which plans for a ten-year run of J.K.
Rowling’s cherished book series, with the contentious author serving as an executive producer. Last year, Amazon introduced a fresh take on The Lord of the Rings, and Warner Bros.
Discovery is strategizing new installments of feature films centered on J.R.R. Tolkien’s works, signifying the sustained demand for genre programming.