Remaking ‘Twilight’: A New Take on Vampires, Werewolves and Humans
Lionsgate has already made its intentions known that they’re hoping author Stephenie Meyer will write or at least give her seal of approval on continuing the saga of Bella, Jacob and Edward. It comes as no surprise since The Twilight Saga has already amassed more than $2.5B in worldwide in box-office sales, while its production budgets has relatively remained on the mid-range scale, only escalating due to retaining the trio lead actors (Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson) from jumping ship. Unfortunately, someone somewhere thought that this property should be adapted with an all too serious tone and what’s left behind is a clichéd mess wrapped up in corny acting, writing and slightly competent directing. And so, is the purpose of “re-envisioning” the remake of The Twilight Saga.
Before getting to the key players in this re-imagining of The Twilight Saga, I believe Meyer’s intention was to introduce new dynamics with supernatural beings falling for their human counterparts instead of relying on the tried-and-true stories. The canon contains variations on the vampire/werewolf/human dynamics and some work better than others. The current iteration has taken its source material a little too seriously and would really benefit from a lighter tone while holding on to its darker origins. You could look at Joss Whedon’s Buffy, the Vampire Slayer for comparisons sake, but that’s setting the bar very high and something very few can match. And possibly, the chosen few could become the exception.