It may rub some Twilight fans the wrong way when people exclaim that such and such is “the next Twilight” now that the final chapter The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 has hit theaters – and experience with the Beautiful Creatures director shows that not everyone appreciates being included on those sort of lists either – but it is a legitimate question.
While the whole concept of “the next Twilight” is a little tired and less than creative at this point, it is quite interesting to ponder the bigger question of what book-to-film properties, if any, will rise up to become a phenomenon on this series’ level next.
Obviously, The Hunger Games is already past that point of inquiry what with a very strong box office showing and fan community, so aside from the issue of whether its sequels will survive the test of lengthy breaks of time between release, that series has become its own “next” yardstick.
But what other projects out there stand the highest chance of making it to Twilight levels of intrigue? Having watched and participated in much of the Twilight Saga‘s movement through being a phenomenon, I wanted to share a few guesses of my own here.
The Mortal Instruments: Right now, it looks like The Mortal Instruments is the next in line to hit the big time. Author Cassandra Clare is incredibly popular and engaged with her readers, and her series of books (with one more to come) are exactly the kind of thing that could turn into a franchise – stories within each installment with an overlaying arc. Sony Screen Gems has just wrapped production on that project with Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Jonathan Rhys Meyers in starring roles, and the film will hit theaters August 23, 2013. Follow news on TMI here.
Divergent: Young first-time author Veronica Roth made a big splash last year with her new dystopian trilogy (the final installment of which will be released next fall), and the rights to that project were picked up immediately by Twilight studio Summit Entertainment The studio is already boasting this as its next big YA book-to-screen title and for good reason: it’s awesome. Like The Hunger Games, there’s a lot of socio-political material to play with in this story, along with a fascinating little love story in the mix. The project is currently being developed, with casting underway and Shailene Woodley leading, and it’ll be released on March 21, 2014. Follow Divergent news here.
Beautiful Creatures: Whether the director likes it or not, Beautiful Creatures falls on this list too. This southern-based tale of witchcraft has a well-developed book following, and Warner Bros. can make some multi-film magic happen if the first installment, due February 13, 2013, garners some added fans. Follow Beautiful Creatures news here.
The Host: Stephenie Meyer’s box office appeal is lost on no one, but whether that’ll extend to her second series starter, The Host which hits theaters March 29, 2013, remains to be seen. Castmembers Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel don’t expect it to ring in Twilight numbers, but only time will tell. Meyer’s expected to pen the long-awaited sequel to the alien love story soon, so you better believe it’ll become franchise fodder if the first film does well in the theaters. Follow The Host news here.
What else do you think belongs on this list? Hit the comments and share your thoughts!
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