Lionsgate is looking to add to their Twilight and The Hunger Games franchises. Variety reports that Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer hopes to launch “fresh installments” and/or spinoffs for both franchises, but only if creators Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) okay the projects.
During a quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, Feltheimer explained, “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.”
The news comes after Lionsgate decided to take their most recent Young Adult franchise, the Divergent series, from the big screen to the small screen. Starz is expected to conclude the film franchise’s story as a television series. Interestingly enough, the company also hopes to launch television spinoffs for that series, although it’s currently unknown just what characters any future projects could focus on and if author Veronica Roth has given the okay to move forward with such projects.
As for The Hunger Games and Twilight, which began at Summit Enterainment before the Lionsgate merger, it’s easy to see why Lionsgate would want to dive back into those properties. Both franchises were at the center of the YA boom when they hit theaters, leaving fans hungry for more with each new installment. In the case of Twilight, the first film was made for a meager $37 million and went on to launch a $3 billion franchise. Lionsgate quickly followed it up with the launch of The Hunger Games, a franchise that managed to earn nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office.
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