It was only a matter of time before the ‘Twilight Saga’ made its way to the big screen again. After years of holding the world’s attention, the saga of Edward and Bella will be back with a bang.
The makers of the recent ‘Twilight’ films are planning a spectacular revival of the vampire franchise. It will once again bring fans of the books into the cinema for a bite of excitement. We take a look at the growing speculation surrounding this highly anticipated sequel.
The Big Reveal
The first ‘Twilight’ was released in 2011 and became the highest-grossing film of all time, with a worldwide total of 1.32 billion views on YouTube. Since then, the franchise has expanded, with five more films currently in production or on the way.
The latest ‘Twilight’ instalment was released in theaters earlier this year and has already made more than its predecessor, bringing in an estimated total of 1.6 billion yuan (US$244 million) at the box office in China alone. It is also the highest-grossing film in the country, having made more than a billion yuan in China. Worldwide, ‘Twilight: Love Island’ is now the highest-grossing film of all time, beating out previous record holders ‘Avatar’ and ‘Titanic’ combined. This month will also see the premiere of the sixth film in the franchise, ‘Twilight: Eclipse’, in selected theaters and IMAX venues.
Suki Waterhouse: A Beautiful Surprise
Alongside her work on the big-budget ‘Twilight’ films, Australian actress Suki Waterhouse has been in the spotlight for her role as Bella in the series. The stunning 30-year-old was first linked with Hollywood icon Robert Pattinson in 2016 and the pair became engaged two years later. They were married in an intimate ceremony in London in January 2020, with hundreds of their friends and family in attendance.
While Bella sleeps, Edward walks away. This is the infamous scene that has become one of the most iconic representations of the ‘Twilight’ films. It was written by the master of horror Stephen King and directed by David Fincher, who was behind the camera for the entirety of the ‘Twilight’ saga. In the scene, Edward Cullen proposes to Bella Swan, whom he has just invited to a remote part of his woodland estate for a private dinner. After the couple share a passionate kiss, Edward presents Bella with a solitaire diamond ring. It is an incredible coup for the young couple, who worked their way through university and after graduation secured an agent, manager, and booking agency in Los Angeles.
Bella’s journey to New York for the premiere of ‘Twilight’ was captured by photographers from across the globe. One of the most memorable images from the night was of the stunning actress posing with her family and friends, including her groom-to-be, on the red carpet. The gorgeous couple looked extremely happy and engaged as they posed for pictures on their wedding day. Since then, they have continued to enjoy a long marriage, as well as welcoming daughters Esme and Lorena into the world.
Rocking The Boat
After securing a spot at the head of the class, Edward brings Bella home for a tour of his over-sized boat, the Horton. The vessel was named after William Shakespeare’s ‘Henry VIII’, and cruises can be arranged on the scenic Thames River. The yacht has been featured in several celebrity Instagram posts, with guests including Emily Blunt, Tom Hanks, and Olivia Colman. It has also been the setting for some romantic photos shared by the happy couple. One such image shows the actors dressed in period clothing, with the boat’s anchor serving as a makeshift wedding ring. The yacht has also been seen in the Bahamas, Mediterranean, and Atlantic oceans as well as the British Virgin Islands and the Indian Ocean.
Spanning Three Continents
The ‘Twilight’ films have been a huge success both at home and abroad, grossing more than 7.5 billion in total at the box office worldwide and attracting millions of fans in the process. It is the third highest-grossing series of all time, only behind ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Star Wars’, with revenues of nearly 7.3 billion. Worldwide, ‘Twilight’ is now the 42nd highest-grossing series of all time, and the sixth highest-grossing series of all time among theatrical releases. The first film earned 7.4 billion yuan at the box office in China alone, with the latest installment ‘Twilight: Love Island’ grossing 7.8 billion yuan. (It is the highest-grossing film in China, and the second highest-grossing film in the country, after ‘Incredibles 2′.)
In 2020, the franchise will continue with the eagerly anticipated ‘Twilight: Eclipse’, which will mark the end of the third and final ‘Twilight’ trilogy. The film will be released in China on February 27, and will be available for purchase from January 24. In addition to the completed ‘Twilight’ saga, fans can look forward to seeing the characters from the ‘New Moon’ and ‘Eclipse’ films in the next instalment, ‘Twilight: Twilight Saga – Renewed’. The fifth film in the series, ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′, was released in 2012 and 2011’s ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ will be followed by a 2020 sequel.
Continuing The Saga
As well as reviving the ‘Twilight’ film franchise, Stephen King has also written and directed several features based on the ‘Dark Tower’ series. The novels, composed of seven volumes and published between 1996 and 1998, follow the adventures of the young gunslinger Roland Deschain, who sets out to stop the villainous Man in Black. It was first released in 2005 and, like the ‘Twilight’ films, continues to attract both fans and new readers.
Dark Tower VI: The Drawing of the Three
The latest adaptation, ‘Dark Tower VI: The Drawing of the Three’, is a prequel to the five-part series and sees Roland Deschain, portrayed this time around by Tom Hiddleston, travel to New York City to meet with the Man in Black, who is known there as the Beast. Fans of the novels can look forward to witnessing key events from the series’ narrative in a brand-new setting. The film will be released theatrically in the United States on August 6, followed by a Vudu release on August 13. It will be followed by ‘Dark Tower VII: The Heart of the Matter’ on September 3.
The Final Chapter
‘The New Moon’, the final part of Stephen King’s ‘New Moon’ trilogy, will be released in theaters in China on February 27. The epic conclusion to the adventure will bring the ensemble cast, which also includes Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, and Katy Perry, back to the big screen. The film was shot almost entirely in Morocco and will see the werewolf clan deal with the repercussions of Bella’s interference in their natural order. The film will be released in the United States on April 10 and in other English-speaking territories on April 16. After the phenomenal success of the first two chapters, it would be an incredible finish to the story.