Hollywood loves a good franchise, and as such, reboots have become an indispensable source of box office gold in recent years. With properties being dusted off left and right, it was recently revealed that Lionsgate might even be looking into bringing Twilight back to the silver screen. In the face of those rumors, I recently asked Twilight star Kellan Lutz about this possibility during a chat about his new sci-fi love letter The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One, and he admitted that he doesn't think enough time has passed to make a Twilight reboot worth it. Lutz explained:
If Twilight was made in the 1980s or '90s, and then now we have all of the special effects, then yeah, cool, reboot it. But I don't really feel like... I mean, we had great special effects in that movie. Especially Breaking Dawn with Bill Condon. The movies look beautiful and they aren't these action-packed movies or these massive worlds like Marvel where you could reboot it and just make it one hundred times bigger. So a 10-year difference, unless you recast everyone and reboot it that way, I just don't know if it's really the best thing for it.
There's certainly a case to be made that vampire movies have warranted reboots in the past. Consider something like Fright Night for example, which took a cult classic supernatural property from 1985 and injected modern special effects into the equation. However, per Lutz's comments during our chat, that's not the case with something like Twilight. In his opinion, the effects from the original run of Twilight films still hold up (which makes sense, as it has only been five years since Breaking Dawn -- Part 2). Moreover, because scope and scale aren't the dominant factors in these vampire/werewolf/human love stories (at least not compared to a Marvel Cinematic Universe film), it's hard to justify going down that road.
Shifting gears to another franchise, Kellan Lutz continued in our conversation and explained how something like Twilight (which he admitted could be popular with fans if it receives a reboot) is not as ideally suited for this treatment as something like Star Wars -- which tells an ongoing sci-fi story through special effects. Lutz explained the distinction, noting:
Again, I just don't think enough time or enough technical advancements have really... would add to it. If that makes sense? And you can remake it, you know? And you'll probably get the Twilight fans to come and watch it. But I don't think it will do nearly as well as. Even like Star Wars, man. That's not a remake. It's a different Episode, but from the first one, which was already amazing and now to the ones they're doing now. You can see the difference of the world that they're building with special effects, because they have that allotment. In sci-fi, you can build these amazing worlds and stories. So yeah, to each their own.
Of course, knowing what we know about Hollywood, we will just have to wait and see if more Twilight films end up materializing in the near future. Money talks, and considering the immense financial success of the first five entries in this franchise, anything is possible. If the reboot does end up happening, it will ultimately prove interesting to see whether or not Lutz will return to the franchise to reprise his role as Emmett Cullen.
For now, you can catch Kellan Lutz in The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One, which is now available exclusively on DirecTV and will debut in theaters and on VOD on October 6.