All good things must come to an end.
Twi-hards know this better than anyone currently. The release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 marks the official end to the popular book and movie franchise, leaving a void looking to be filled.
Looking for the next Twilight? Look no further! Here are a few upcoming movies that will certainly quench the thirst left by the end of Stephanie Meyers’ series.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22, 2013)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (November 21, 2014)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (November 20, 2015)
When Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy originally came out, the comparisons to Twilight were inevitable (going so far as to create Team Peeta/Team Gale factions), even though they may not be fair comparisons at all. Heroine Katniss, unlike Twilight‘s Bella, is tough as nails, and a born leader, allowing her actions to define her rather than being defined by her relationship to whichever guy she chooses.
The first adaptation in the series out-grossed every installment of Twilight domestically, mainly due to being accessible to both men and women, and these next installments are looking to at least match that kind of success, especially since stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson are garnering more and more popularity each year.
Warm Bodies (February 1, 2013)
What, on the surface, looked like Twilight for zombies, Issac Marion’s Warm Bodies is deviously funny and immensely compelling, which Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead) calls “a mesmerizing evolution of a classic contemporary myth.”
In a post-apocalyptic world, zombies walk the earth, and humanity becomes the minority. After eating the brain of a young man, and thereby inheriting his memories, zombie “R” (Nicholas Hoult) runs into the young man’s girlfriend Julie (Theresa Palmer), and makes the decision to save her during a hunt. The more he is around Julie, the more “R” realizes that he may be becoming human again.
It’s a cheesy plot, but the book is so brilliantly executed that it’s hard to imagine the movie being any different — especially after seeing the amazing first trailer.
Beautiful Creatures (February 13, 2013)
Fitting into the “supernatural romance” category popularized by Twilight, Beautiful Creatures tells the tale of Lena Duchannes (newcomer Alice Englert), a 15-year-old girl who moves to the small town of Gatlin, and quickly becomes entwined in a whirlwind romance with Ethan Wade (Alden Ehrenreich). However, their romance becomes tested when it is revealed that Lena is a Caster, someone with bizarre supernatural powers, and that she must undergo the Claiming, which will ultimately decide her fate, on her impending 16th birthday.
The movie does seem like it fits into the label of “the next Twilight” very well. With an incredible cast, including Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson, and a visually stunning trailer, Beautiful Creatures looks amazing.
For those who like to read, the book is proceeded by Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos, and Beautiful Redemption, all written by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.
Divergent (March 21, 2014)
Going more the sci-fi route, Divergent is set in a dystopian future where the city of Chicago is divided into four “factions” — Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), Amity (the peaceful), Dauntless (the brave/tough), and Abnegation (the selfless).
Upon her 16th birthday, Beatrice is given the standard aptitude test to determine which faction she’ll be best suited for. However, Beatrice discovers that she is “Divergent”, meaning she has the aptitude for not just one but three factions, which is dangerous. As Beatrice digs deeper into what it means to be Divergent, she discovers a secret plot created by government that endangers the lives of all the factions, and that her role is one that she is not prepared for.
No casting has been announced for the film as of yet, but will be directed by Neil Burger (The Illusionist) and written by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman).
The book is proceeded by Insurgent, which is even more compelling than the first book. The third and final book in the series is set for a Fall 2013 release, though it does not have a title as of yet (the author, Veronica Roth, jokingly calls it Detergent).
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August 23, 2013)
When her mother (Lena Headey) is attacked and taken from their home in New York City by a demon, seemingly ordinary Clary Fray (Lily Collins) discovers that she is a Shadow Hunter (half-angel, half-human), and is tasked to join others like her on a dangerous journey.
This series is a reader’s delight! The Mortal Instruments is a six-part series (the final book, City of Heavenly Fire, is schedule for release in March 2014) written by Cassandra Clare, who has also written a three-part prequel series The Infernal Devices (the last book dropping March 19, 2013), and a sequel trilogy, The Dark Artifices, is being planned as well, having the first book arrive on shelves in 2015.
The preview for City of Bones looks rather intense, and should make for some great viewing, which will, in turn, make this series even more popular.