Could The Lionsgate-Summit Merger End Up Continuing The Twilight Franchise Past Breaking Dawn?
It started in late November, came close to finishing earlier this week, and is now official: Lions Gate Entertainment has officially bought Summit Entertainment. Deadline reports that the sale has gone through and that the Hunger Games studio has purchased the Twilight studio for $712.5 million. It's a major deal and one that could result in the combined companies being a major powerhouse in Hollywood, like Disney, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount, and 20th Century Fox. But in order to do that, they need high-profile titles in production, and one of Summit's biggest, the aforementioned Twilight, will be making its final bow later this year. Or will it?
Following reports of the sale, The LA Times reached out to Lionsgate chairman Jon Feltheimer and asked about the future of Stephanie Meyers' series beyond the final installment, due out in November. ""I'm anticipating Breaking Dawn Part 2 being $700 million-plus in worldwide box office," Feltheimer said (should it actually reach that goal, it will be only the second in the series to do so, the other being New Moon). "It's hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700 million-plus doesn't have ongoing value. It's an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is 'Boy I hope so.'"
While the official Twilight series has come to an end in book form, Meyer has written a partial novel called Midnight Sun, which tells the events of the first Twilight book from the perspective of Edward, played by Robert Pattinson. Meyer wrote the first 12 chapters of the book, but stopped when that manuscript leaked online (she has since officially hosted those pages on her official website). Obviously nothing is official yet, but should Lionsgate/Summit pursue another entry in the Twilight franchise, that might be their best option.
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