If you're in the mood to state the obvious, in that any further entries into the Twilight or The Hunger Games sagas would be "blatant cash-ins," I'm sorry to be the one to tell you that your favourite mainstream American entertainment was only signed off on once people figured it could make a profit. Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about why this could be good!
In yesterday's quarterly earnings call, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer is reported to have mentioned the two YA franchises, per the good folks at Variety:
“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"
He also specified that things would not move forward without the go-ahead from Twilight and The Hunger Games authors Stephanie Meyer and Suzanne Collins. Meyer certainly isn't done with this world since her last book Life and Death was literally "gender-swapped Twilight," the New York Comic Con panel for which was loads of fun (don't let anyone tell you she's oblivious to her stories and their reception). And you know what? I think this has a lot of potential, especially if the respective authors are involved. The first Fantastic Beasts may not have turned out so great, but with J.K. Rowling penning the other four films, there are certainly things to look forward to, just as there would be for spin-offs of these other two properties.
The major problem with the Twilight series has always been the lead trio. Remove those characters from the equation (Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart probably wouldn't return to the franchise in a million years anyway) and the third film, Eclipse, is a pretty decent vampire war movie. And if you saw the final film Breaking Dawn Part 2 in theatres, I don't need to tell you this series is capable of being explosively fun. The supporting characters have always been great – MY KINGDOM FOR A TWILIGHT DADS SPINOFF FEATURING CHARLIE AND CARLISLE – and since the empty, haphazard Divergent films fizzled out before the final installment (catch it as a miniseries on Starz next year!), Hollywood is still looking for a major series to fill the female-centric YA void. If one doesn't pop up soon (fingers crossed for Amandla Stenberg-starrer The Darkest Minds), then this would probably be the go-to for the folks in charge.
Yeah, I know, more oppressed straight white people isn't exactly the most interesting scenario. Maybe the studios will go in a different direction since Jennifer Lawrence probably wouldn't return either. The Hunger Games is a fascinating world, built on the foundations of both early-mid 2000s Iraq war propaganda and media coverage as well as the growing fascination with figures on reality TV, something that's only gotten more intense with the rise of the YouTube celebrity. Even if you want to cast aside the idea of more Twilight movies (except for buddy procedural Twilight Dads, don't @ me) there's so much to be mined from Collins' creation in the age of he-who-must-be-shamed. Mockingjay Part 1 is arguably the best film in that series, and you'd struggle to find a clearer distillation of wartime propaganda on any scale in an American production, let alone just at the studio level. Teens may be dumb, but they're also smart. Them's just the facts, buddy.
What do you think? What elements of Twilight and The Hunger Games, if any, would you like to see explored? You know I'm right about Twilight Dads.