In a day and age where some studios can’t seem to let go of franchises that lost their will to live long ago, a baffling new report from Variety seems to suggest that Lionsgate is destined to revive the Twilight and The Hunger Games franchises for some very odd reason. Here’s what Lionsgate CEO John Feltheimer said during a phone call with financial analysts on Tuesday:
“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, without approval from authors Stephenie Meyer and Suzanne Collins, who wrote Twilight and The Hunger Games respectively, these revivals may never happen, and it would probably be for the best. While these two properties were, at one point, a very big deal to young audiences, the chances of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, whose post-Twilight careers have skyrocketed them both into a world of independent cinema success, returning to the franchise are extremely slim, while the same likely goes for Jennifer Lawrence with The Hunger Games.
Feltheimer’s comments aren’t all that surprising, though, considering Lionsgate is the same studio that is desperately looking to get the next big Hollywood franchise off the ground. As you may recall, their recent attempt to reboot the Power Rangers saw a disastrous box office return, and, just a few weeks ago, speculation began that they were sniffing around the possibility of launching a John Wick cinematic universe.
Then again, isn’t almost every major studio just looking to get the next big franchise off the ground these days? It certainly seems that way.