Twilight, the acclaimed vampire romance saga, will soon be dawning on your TV screens, thanks to Lionsgate Television, which is developing Stephenie Meyer’s five-part book series known as The Twilight Saga. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter and confirmed by other sources.
According to press reports, Sinead Daly will be writing the script for the new series. Her previous credits include “Tell Me Lies,” “The Walking Dead: World Beyond,” “Raised by Wolves,” “Dirk Gently’s Holisttic Detective Agency” and “The Get Down.” It’s too early to determine when the studio will be pitching the project to potential buyers. It is believed, though, that author Stephenie Meyer will be involved in the adaptation.
Meyer originally conceived the idea for the books in a dream and wrote the manuscripts with the works of Shakespeare and Jane Austen in mind. The five films in The Twilight Saga series, produced between 2008 and 2012, include “Twilight,” “New Moon,” “Eclipse, Breaking Dawn—Part 1,” and “Breaking Dawn—Part 2.”
Executive producers for the upcoming project will be Wyck Godfrey and ex-Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-president Erik Feig. It was Feig who bought the rights to the Twilight book series after Paramount turned it down. The film version, which starred Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, was a huge money-maker, grossing more than $3.4 billion worldwide. The Twilight films, formerly seen on Netflix, now stream on NBCUniversal’s Peacock.
Referring to both the Twilight and The Hunger Games franchises, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer told investors back in 2017 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.”
Lionsgate has yet to comment on these new developments. The studio is currently negotiating to restructure its business, and reportedly may be spinning off its studio business and Starz cable network later this year. Various Lionsgate components, meanwhile, are exploring reviving several of their titles, including a “Spartacus” sequel, “Party Down,”and “Weeds.”
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