2012 was a sad year for Twihards. The world seemed to stand still and time essentially stopped when production on the final Twilight film wrapped, thus ending the anticipation for future movie releases. Although the book series has come and gone (along with the movie counterparts), there is good news for still-thirsty fans – the story is coming back!
Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and Lionsgate Entertainment have announced they plan to find 5 female directors to create short films about the original Twilight characters. The project is called “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga.'” Financed entirely by Lionsgate and released exclusively on Facebook, the films will be released next year.
Although the original actors will not star in the films, Kristen Stewart (who played Bella Swan) will be on the all-female panel of judges, along with Stephenie Meyer, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Julie Bowen, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, producer Cathy Schulman and Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee.
“More people than ever before are creating, discovering and engaging with videos on Facebook,” Facebook Vice President of Partnerships Dan Rose said in a statement released by Lionsgate. “This collaboration with Stephenie Meyer, Lionsgate and Women In Film is a great opportunity to engage Twilight’s massive global audience on Facebook through an innovative premium video program.”
So, yeah, this is really cool for Twilight fans … but, what’s more interesting is the way Hollywood will now be using Facebook. This is essentially a sneak peek into the future of movies and social media. Hollywood has already jumped on the Facebook bandwagon by creating movie Pages where fans flood to the like button faster than studios can actually release the movie, but now we’re seeing an entirely new way to use the platform to keep fans seething once a series ends.
Movie and book fans worldwide want nothing more than to keep their favorite stories going, and now, thanks to Facebook and innovative ideas from Hollywood, stories could effectively live on forever. With new generations of writers and directors constantly surfacing, new perspectives and unique story lines could be created almost daily. Not to mention, with Facebook and movie studios backing social media exposure, the future for obsessed fans looks very bright … almost as bright as a sparkly, handsome vampire!