Next Movie: Why NOTHING is the Next "Twilight"

Hollywood is all about finding the next hot thing, whether that's a script, an actor, a director, a genre (vampires anyone?) or the ultimate discovery, a lucrative film series.


The seven "Harry Potter" movies have so far netted over $6 billion, while the first three installments of "The Twilight Saga" have earned just under $1.8 billion. That's nearing "Oprah" money, people! (As opposed to "Potter," which is nearing "Zuckerberg" money... but we'd rather be Oprah.)


And that's not even counting all the licensing and swag sales... you gotta figure another few hundred thousand in Edward Cullen lunchboxes alone.


Studio executives would happily hand over their firstborns to the Volturi for a lead on "the next 'Twilight' franchise" (trust me, I've prank-called). That's because finding such a rarity is about as easy as winning the lottery.


Paramount developed "Twilight" for three years before getting letting the rights slip to a then-little-known production company Summit Entertainment. Universal and United Artists passed on their options for "Star Wars," and 20th Century Fox gave Lucas hell through production, worried the over-budget film wouldn't amount to much.


The problem movie studios run into is trying too hard to find "the next _______." "The Twilight Saga" is as much the next "Harry Potter" as "Pirates of the Caribbean" is the next "The Lord of the Rings" or "Ice Age" is the next "Toy Story." Fanatics of one series aren't necessarily looking to glom onto a new similar thing.
It seems like every other week we're hearing buzz about some book being adapted for the big screen that its producers hope can be "The next 'Twilight.'" News flash, producers: There's only, and will only ever be, one "Twilight."


Before breaking down these wannabes, let's first explore what makes "Twilight," "Twilight."
Addictive Book Series: If a reader spends time with the books, they're definitely hooked for the films.

Odd Names: The Twi-Hard base are teen girls. They're tired of being an "Ann" or "Sarah" and enjoy fantasizing about being a "Bella," "Esme" or "Renesmee."

Moping Female Lead: Not to sound derogatory, but teenagers mope. High school sucks, dude. We identify with Bella because we're going through puberty, or have.

Heart-of-Gold Bad Boy: Vampires are heartless killers, but not Edward, who walks a thin line in between.

Supernatural Love Triangle: Who doesn't want to be desired by both a debonair vampire and beefy werewolf?
The following titles have all been called "the next "Twilight." While they all contain traits similar to Stephenie Meyer's series, here's why none of them are...


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Comment by Twilighter76 on March 9, 2011 at 11:51pm
Well of course there can't be a next Twilight just look at I am number four and Beastly they tried but can't ! And now Red Riding Hood will fail ! It's about the books and these people just don't get it ! Yea Hunger Games will be big but they honestly don't have the obsessive fanbase and yes I've gone to the last book opening with 20 people there.
Comment by Mary Alice Hale on March 10, 2011 at 12:33am
The books and movies they mentioned later a good, but honestly, the only way something can be the next Twilight is by actually copying Twilight and then we would all hate it for doing that. By the way, Miley Cyrus in Wings? What the hell? Just no
Comment by Carlisles Sarah Ann-Marie Cullen on March 10, 2011 at 1:42am

Love my Twilight! The one AND only Twilight! :D

Comment by Katie on March 10, 2011 at 8:29am
The Hunger Games do have the obsessive fanbase believe me, Im one of them. They have a of $60 million! That’s about $20 million more than the budget of the first Twilight. So they are exspecting it to be BIG! The Hunger Games are going to be a Phenomenon!

Comment by Gloria Evans on March 10, 2011 at 10:52am
I tried to get into the Hunger Games but i coild not but that does not mean that it is not a good book. It just was not for me. I dont know if the Hunger Games will be as big as Twilight because in Hollywood everything is a roo of a dice. Besides Harry Potter and Twilight what other movies base on a series of popular books can guarantee Box Office Gold.
Comment by Bella Black+LHJake on March 10, 2011 at 8:05pm
It's not an exact science, not by a long shot. It's one part Awesome Author for the book, one part Dynamic Directors for the movies, and ninety-eight parts getting all the perfect actors together who were meant to play these roles!!!! (Which means the movies have to be ready to be made when these actors are just the right ages!!!!) It's actually more 'miracle' than skill. When all of these components are blended together perfectly, you get...the Twilight movies. :)
Comment by imaGINAtion on March 10, 2011 at 10:54pm
~Great breakdown @Bella Black+LHJake!!
Comment by Bella Black+LHJake on March 11, 2011 at 6:18am

Thanks, imaGINAtion. I should have also given credit to other key players in this perfect blend: the cinematographers who shot the beautiful scenes, the film editors who connect the scenes in a particular rhythm/style, the makeup/hair stylists who also help get the characters to come alive within each actor. I'm sure there are more, but it's really early in the morning, and I haven't had my coffee!

And I'm also distracted by the news of the devastating earthquake/tsunami that hit Japan...

Comment by Twilighter76 on March 11, 2011 at 11:32am
Katie - Did Hunger Games last book have thousands at the stores ? no. And they didn't even have midnight openings. Don't get me wrong I like the Hunger Games and believe it will be huge but Twilight and Potter huge ? Don't think so ! I might be wrong but I'm ok with that because it would be nice to have this whole book thing going. But for me Twilight is just way too special for me.


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