Less is More: Twilight on Television?

14 Jan

By Parisienne

We all remember what we felt when we read about Bella Swan first laying eyes on Edward Cullen.  Stephenie Meyer allowed our imaginations to run wild with excitement.  In 2008, the Twilight Saga was made into 5 movies with the last movie Breaking Dawn: Part 2 being released in theaters later this year.  Since 2008/2009, the passionate fans of the books and films have been taken on a wild ride in regards to whether or not Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are a couple in reel life.  (oops sorry, I meant real).

Summit, the company which produced the films has recently been purchased by Lionsgate.  Lionsgate  may be planning to bring Twilight to the small screen, our television sets.  Why won’t anyone let this franchise die down?  In my opinion, the franchise has already been beaten to death.  There are only so many things one can do with the books that hasn’t already been done.  I think its way to early to recast the films and start over.  Also, how would the series be marketed?  Is Lionsgate going to shove T.V. Edward and Bella down our throats too with the romance games?  Its ridiculous.  There is no way that Robert Pattinson could play Edward Cullen any longer.  He’s moved on and has done an outstanding job with the material and cast he’s worked with.   The same applies for the rest of the cast.

Twilight is like walking in to a candy store although the proprietor of the candy store won’t let you leave until every last piece of candy has been shoved into your mouth and you’re forced to swallow it. One would end up with a massive stomach and tooth ache.

What are your thoughts on the possible television series? Who would you want to see play television Edward and Bella?  Although, Lionsgate should keep this in mind, less is always more.

http://www.slashfilm.com/lionsgate-buys-summit-studio-head-suggests-twilight-continue-breaking-dawn-part-ii/

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56 Responses to “Less is More: Twilight on Television?”

  1. Open Book January 14, 2012 at 9:55 AM #

    1st. reaction-Twilight & Twinkies have alot in common.

    Hmmm! I will have to think and come back to this. Have much to say!!

  2. littlebells January 14, 2012 at 10:28 AM #

    Can’t find a censor button. Hmmm…will have to come back. Like OB said, there is much to say!!!

  3. Parisienne January 14, 2012 at 11:05 AM #

    Hi Everyone!

    I don’t understand why Lionsgate would continue to run with Twilight after the last movie this fall. I know they are having some financial issues too but come on. I know the saying about reinventing the wheel but this wheel has lost all its spokes, IMO. There are so many great books just waiting to be formatted for the big/small screen. Try something new. People should use their imaginations when looking for new material. Perhaps the writers should ask themselves about what their interests are and write about that. The public is going to like something. Its a 50/50 shot.

    • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM #

      Welcome to Hollywood’s business department, where the only creativity you’ll see are in the pie charts. LOL!!

      • littlebells January 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM #

        Can we do a poll?

        • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 11:45 AM #

          Sure! Let me see what I can do…..

    • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM #

      Paris-

      This wheel has lost its spokes, traction and rims. There are a ton of great books but business people especially if there desperate don’t like to take risk on unproven material. I think its better to go with new material and proven talent. Rather than proven material and unproven talent. IMO!! But the later is cheaper unfortunately.

      • Parisienne January 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM #

        ITA with you but how long can Twilight go on being proven material? If and its a big IF they do bring Twilight to t.v. I would actually like to see the books given their proper due and not something that barely follows the storyline and please do not write the script to accomadate those that THINK they can act. If they can’t do Bella and Edward justice properly, then they should be given the number to an acting coach and actually learn something.

  4. Open Book January 14, 2012 at 11:20 AM #

    Paris-

    I will try and behave. First let me say this did not surprise me given how desperate Lionsgate is at this point. So far the trailers for Hunger Games look rather dismal. They quite frankly need Twilight as a fall back in case Hunger Games tanks at the B-Office.

    The truth is, vampires are dead. no pun intended. Television is over saturated with them. It’s like having ten Batman or Superman shows. I think this really speaks to Rob’s talent that he’s influenced this many television shows about vampires. However, Lionsgate will be in for a rude awakening if they bring Twilight to the small screen. Why? They are literally a day late and a dollar short. They need to wait 10 years and let Twilight retire respectfully. Greed and desperation always makes fools out of people and this idea sounds foolish.

    In terms of who should play TV Edward? IDK! But I feel sorry for the actor who’s desperate enough to take it.

    • littlebells January 14, 2012 at 11:38 AM #

      Well said OB. 🙂

      So my question is this: would they start a series from the beginning of the books or where BD leaves off?

      I think had Twilight been not nearly as successful and had not made the rest of the books into films, maybe MAYBE it could have been turned into a television series. However, since it has such a solid beginning, middle, and end as far as storyline, you can’t get very creative inventing new material. I mean you can only have Edward and Bella trying to physically avoid each other for so long or want to face punch the girl for leading two men on.

      Take Napolean Dynamite. It was one movie. It’s been out of theaters forever. Now they are doing a cartoon. It will probably be successful because 1) it was not shoved down our throats, 2) you can make up your own story line because there is no book to follow and 3) it will have a new generation of fans.

      I agree there are SO many other books that should be adapted to the small screen. *coughTBHcough*

      As far as actors playing these infamous characters: well there’s only one role I could see being better. If anything do a spin off of the humans. They were awesome!

      • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM #

        Great post! Will come back later and respond.

      • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 1:26 AM #

        Just yesterday I was wondering why we never discussed “Napolean Dynamite.”

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

        …..how is it that subject never came up.

        Sincere thanks LB.

    • Parisienne January 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM #

      OB,

      No need to behave. 🙂 I understand what you are feeling, I feel the same way. That’s why I wrote the article. I agree they should let Twilight die respectfully. Maybe they could something like Dark Shadows. In its original form way back when Dark Shadows was a soap opera. Then in the early 90’s was re-imagined into a t.v. show and now its being re-imagined again by Tim Burton with Jonny Depp playing Barnabas Collins. I would really like to see it too.

      • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 11:11 PM #

        Thanks Paris,

        ITA a re-imagined show would be much, much better.

        • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 12:51 AM #

          Great article Paris. I’ve missed the way you frequently are attracted to stories when the issues affecting them are the most urgent.

          • Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 12:56 AM #

            Thanks CR!

            • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 1:13 AM #

              Your welcome.

  5. littlebells January 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM #

    Do you think Twilight fans would approve of this? I mean some enjoy the films but a lot are obsessed with the two leads as real life lovers. I don’t know how many would take kindly to watching two other actors portray Rob and Bella. I mean Edward and Kristen. I mean, you know what I mean! 🙂 I can see them totally bashing a new, better Bella and someone who is NOT Rob.

    • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM #

      Hi LB!

      The poll is up.

      The frenzy surrounding these two are insane. The need for gossip sites to pacify fans every hour on the whereabouts of E/B, I mean, R/K is bad enough. I could see Twi fans comparing the chemistry *eye roll* between film E/B to the television E/B. What a nightmare!!

      It definitely adds to the drama and these gossip sites like E! and others like it, thrive on stirring up Twi-Fans with E/B, I mean R/K’s “romance.” Its sad how some people allow themselves to be manipulated by the media. Few are pragmatic. The lack of critical thinking, is poor and mundane.

      • Parisienne January 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM #

        OB,

        I swear we are long lost relatives. 🙂 We think so much alike.

        • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM #

          LOL!! I think we are too! I think our parents have some explaining to do!

      • Parisienne January 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM #

        Critical thinking? What’s that? Some of the fans want them to have a baby because tom and sienna are having a baby.

      • littlebells January 14, 2012 at 8:47 PM #

        Believe me when I say critical thinking is generally not taught anymore. Everything is spoon fed to us and it’s the rare intelligence who can think things through and decipher if something is true or not and what consequences exist.

        • Open Book January 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM #

          LB- Not spoon fed that’s too kind. Now it’s pureed and served in a sippie cup.

          • littlebells January 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM #

            *snort* do I have to throw all my sippie cups away now? Hahahahaha!!!!!

            • Open Book January 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM #

              LOL!! Not at all. U and mini-bells can have a whole host of them…

              I’m talking about the adult kids in diapers. The ones who have teeth, and choosing to use a straw.

    • Parisienne January 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM #

      Let’s put it this way….if Twilight is made into a t.v. series K will never be out of a job. LOL

  6. comic relief January 15, 2012 at 1:15 AM #

    If we avoid speculating on Edward and Bella than what other cast members are we ignoring. The press about Twilight is so huge I’m sorry I don’t have the exact place and time of these quotes but actors like Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz said a long time ago that they were willing to continue the series if they were asked.

    Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, and Billy Burke are working in TV as we speak.

    Why wouldn’t they be attracted to this new venture?????

  7. comic relief January 15, 2012 at 1:16 AM #

    I only had one question; frequently when TV projects move to feature films the TV actor’s move with the project

    TV TO FILM:

    THE X-FILES
    • The X-Files; (on TV with original cast)

    • The X-Files: (on Film with original cast)

    “The Star Trek: the Next Generation” used the same cast and “Charlie’s Angels” the film used original cast member John Forsyth to play Charlie.

  8. comic relief January 15, 2012 at 1:18 AM #

    The characters may remain consistent but the actors don’t always accompany projects. One contrary example is presented below.

    FILM TO TV:

    M*A*S*H: (on Film with original cast)

    M*A*S*H: Actor Gary Burghoff (Radar O’Reilly) appeared in both media.

    Other than the TV show “Clueless” which featured Stacey Dash who played Dionne Davenport, or the 1960’s Batman the movie and TV show few actors seem to do both versions.

  9. comic relief January 15, 2012 at 1:19 AM #

    Paris my question is how can you be sure none of the movie cast will do the TV show?

    • Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 1:44 AM #

      CR,

      I can’t be sure that none of them would do the t.v. show. I didn’t know that Kellan and Taylor have said they would do a t.v. series if it was presented for Twilight, thank you for the information. However, from what I have seen from a fan’s point of view would be that Rob is ready to move on. Honestly, he’s 25. Is he going to be playing Edward Cullen well into his 50’s? In my opinion, he has much to offer the industry with his skills and I would hate to see him marginalized as one character for the rest of his career. Although Christopher Reeve was always known as Superman for the rest of his.

      • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 2:06 AM #

        Paris,

        I think Taylor and Kellan were saying they would do more feature film at the time. They said that aloooooong time ago.

        Like last week’s appearance at the People’s Choice awards I think Robert is as likely to be associated with other projects as the Twilight. No one is going to forget him as a founding participant in the Twilight franchise, but I don’t think anyone breathing thinks he’s overly committed to future work with the project. Good for him and his audience.

  10. Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 1:52 AM #

    I have to break this into two segments. If the idea was presented well to the three leads would they take it? Maybe. Maybe not. From what I have seen on screen of R/K’s working relationship. They have complete disdain for each other. Watch their interviews they did for Eclipse together. Their body language screams hate. Listen to the Eclipse commentary, they have nothing to talk about and all she did was make fun of him. So do i see Rob continuining with Twilight after BD2 is released and promotion is done? No. Do i see Kristen continuing? Yes, it would be a life saver for her, she won’t have to sell perfume to stay in the public eye.

    • littlebells January 15, 2012 at 1:54 AM #

      No K can’t do it. The series won’t last past the pilot.

      • Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 1:58 AM #

        LOL why not? it would be job security.

        • littlebells January 15, 2012 at 11:23 AM #

          No way! She’s got that perfume line gig! 🙂

    • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 2:11 AM #

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

      OB, predicted TV for Kristin along time ago, so I will leave this alone.

      Smirk, giggle, giggle……

  11. littlebells January 15, 2012 at 1:52 AM #

    Great comments CR.
    Everyone,
    If Twilight does go to television, wouldn’t it he competing with Vampire Diaries? And–I can’t believe I am about to say this–but perhaps it might even be better than the films. If someone at Lionsgate actually pays attention to the general public’s likes and dislikes about the films, they really could improve the quality.

    ????????

    • Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 1:58 AM #

      I agree with you LB. They could improve the quality of the series by following the books. Personally, I would like to see their love story played out rather than action. Don’t forget they would also be competing with True Blood as well and unless Edward and Bella are going to get down and dirty. True Blood would have it beat.

    • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 2:19 AM #

      LB,

      Point well taken regarding audience appreciation. But I’m a little biased, I thought the best thing about the series was RP. I’ve doubted the next chapter would go anywhere without his participation.

      Sorry but the leads Taylor and Kristin have yet to prove they could be the foundation for more film work. And unless the vampire/human kid from South America, or a new supporting cast for Renesseme (probably spelled) hits it out of the park they’ve got nothing.

      • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 2:44 AM #

        Paris,

        Well since I’ve already said it. Paris, sorry I just don’t agree. The first movie was a Rob spectacular: acting, musically performing, and in terms of the vampires shaping our perceptions of the Cullen’s in ways that informed our entire experience with the books and movies. Honestly, though they can’t admit it, they’ve stretched that for four movies.

        Regardless of Summit’s best attempts to minimize his vision they’ll have a long way to go to substitute RP’s charismatic influence. One of the Rob’s best additions to the series is he made vampires soulful and I don’t think that’s ever ever ever happened before. “Vampire diaries” and “True Blood” were okay but they were never able to bring this level of gravitas or humanity to their projects.

        His talents made the whole vampire/humanity almost visceral, he’ll finally get credit for this after they have put a a few dud sequels.

        • littlebells January 15, 2012 at 11:21 AM #

          Again CR, I thoroughly agree on your Rob Assessment.

      • littlebells January 15, 2012 at 11:20 AM #

        “But I’m a little biased, I thought the best thing about the series was RP.”

        I agree 150,000%!!!!!!!! I was just being incredibly generous last night after one awful day. Yes, if they do the series and yes, if they don’t use Rob (Rob wants to be an actor not a heart throb), I agree with Paris on expanding the love story. Let’s have dialogue of the two getting to know each other and fall in love than just a montage ending with them in a tree or between two mossy rocks.

        Maybe Stew would be better on Television. I won’t ever know because I won’t watch her. I guess I will have to wait for the Neilsen ratings.

        • Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM #

          I agree about Rob and how he helped himself during Twilight with singing and all that. However, what about his future? He may not wish to pursue anything related to Twilight after BD2 is fininshed. From everything i’ve seen about him in regards to Twilight, he seemed like the odd man out and he wasn’t really wanted. Going strictly by the Eclipse commentary, Stephenie and Wyck joked about replacing him Andy Sandberg. Why would you replace someone who has helped bring your characters and franchise to life? So I don’t see him sticking around so he can be someone’s whipping boy.

          • littlebells January 15, 2012 at 3:36 PM #

            I just don’t see him doing it at all even for all the money in the world. And he shouldn’t have to.

            • Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 6:25 PM #

              ITA. Me either.

      • Sony January 16, 2012 at 5:09 AM #

        I wholeheartedly agree with you, CR, “the best thing about the series was RP”. And I wouldn’t be interested in another “Edward Cullen” at all because it doesn’t matter who will be playing the role he could never ever have Rob’s charisma.
        I don’t think RP would like to continue with anything “Twilightish” as soon as BD2 is out in the theatres. I really hope that at the end of this year we will be finally rid of the annoying R/K and E/B stories mixed up and shoved down our throats, enough is enough.

        • comic relief January 16, 2012 at 11:49 AM #

          Sony,

          I absolutely agree with enough is enough! I somewhat agree with Paris and LB that having the series rebooted or re interpreted on TV would be nice, but only if it happened in 10 or 15 years. Unfortunately none of the current cast would be feasible.

          Why do I think ideas like putting Twilight on TV flourish? I’m not a film industry person yet I tend to think problems stem from antagonisms and jealousies between creative departments and business departments.

          Both want to claim the success for the project yet only one group really makes the essential decisions that make a film work or not. These decisions also impact whether audiences flock to the film or franchise or not.

          Though it was excellent to use multiple directors for Harry Potter, Twilight only had one essential director and she was Katherine Hardwicke. Though professionally less than ideal in many respects, all of her creative decisions were aligned with the books and ultimately created the sensations we’ve known as Twilight.

  12. Parisienne January 15, 2012 at 2:00 AM #

    CR,

    I apologize if my answer to you comes across as sounding rude. That was not my intention and I realized it might sound that way.

    • comic relief January 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM #

      No rudeness interpretted

  13. Open Book January 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

    Great discussion. Will come back later…

  14. ozzie20 January 16, 2012 at 7:52 PM #

    I agree with you all. A big no to a tv series! Twilight may have helped revive the vampire trend but I think it’s also helped with the decline of the trend too. I think by the end of BD2 people will be bored of the idea and hype of it all, apart from the die hard fans of course! For that reason I don’t see a tv series being successfull.

  15. Open Book January 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM #

    Let’s face it, Lionsgate will do whatever they want with this series. It’s sad they won’t let the ****series die gracefully. However, the more R distance himself from Twilight related stuff. It will be obvious in his actions what he’s more interested in producing. Time will tell!

    • Parisienne January 17, 2012 at 2:52 PM #

      I agree with you, Open Book. Lionsgate will do whatever they want when it comes to Twilight. From what i’m seeing though from a purely social standpoint. The fans don’t care about Twilight in and of itself. They care about R/K and what R/K will be/are doing at this moment. IMO, the series is no longer focused on E/B but on the “relationship” of two people who clearly can’t stand each other.

      If they want to do a series about Twilight, find some way to disengage from the PR that is holding the franchise together by a thread. Make it about Jacob and Renessmee or the wolves or the volturi and make E/B secondary characters.

      • Open Book January 18, 2012 at 11:37 AM #

        This is so true. This is no longer about Twilight. The PR on the personal lives of R/K has become it’s own movie. I’ve always thought of it as a nightmarish Truman Show filled with stalkers and obsessive Twi hards watching 24/7. I’m waiting for the amusement park to be built next. No seriously, this needs to stop.

        I like the Jacob and Renesseme idea….

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