There’s been a lot of talk recently surrounding the Twilight cast and their petition to stop filming. Most of the attention has been directed at Robert Pattinson, though the cast and crew of the Twilight series have been working tirelessly to ensure they remain professional, despite fans’ incessant pleas for them to end the movie marathon.

While it’s understandable that fans would want the ‘twilight’ to end, and that the actors would rather be putting their feet up on holiday, the reality is that stopping production would destroy the entire world of Twilight. Not only is it financially responsible to keep filming, but as we’ve established, the last thing the series needs is a break. In fact, despite the popular belief that the film adaptation holds no significance, the opposite is blatantly true. The series is at its best when it’s operating at full capacity, and as we’ve learned from the franchise’s previous attempts at a movie break, there’s no telling where the story would go without having filmed every single inch of it. It could end up being one of the greatest stories of all time.

Here, we’ll run down everything you need to know about the ‘Twilight’ petition and what it means for the future of the film franchise.

The Cast And Crew Are Petitioning For A Short Break

The first reported sightings of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and the rest of the ‘Twilight’ cast and crew trying to end their shooting schedule came from the UK’s Mail on Sunday newspaper. According to the report, the ‘Twilight’ team had gathered at the luxurious Lanvin Hotel in Paris, wondering how they were going to finally bring the filming process to a close. The newspaper said that the British actors were looking for a way to “take a well-deserved break” from filming and would like to return “to their lives, their families, and their furry friends.”

Not content with just one trip to France, the UK publication later reported that ‘Twilight’ star Kristen Stewart would like to see the production wrap up after her recent wedding to director Rupert Sanders. “I’d like to see us all go on holiday, just the crew. I’d like to wrap it all up, go back to California, and get back to work on my marriage,” she reportedly said.

Why Are The Cast And Crew Petitioning For A Short Break?

After the runaway success of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, the franchise’s biggest stars decided that a short break was definitely welcome. While the first installment of The Twilight Saga was a box-office smash that made over $300 million worldwide, the second part of the series was largely panned by critics. With only a 67% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it would appear that many fans were so disappointed by the film that they’re doing everything they can to end the movie marathon.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, before filming began on the second installment, Summit Entertainment CEO James Pack received a call from Stephenie Meyer. The call went something like this: “James Pack, it’s Stephenie Meyer. Did you get my emails?” Mr. Pack responded that he had indeed gotten Ms. Meyer’s emails, and she went on to inform him that she’d like to see some changes made to the script before they started shooting. As it turned out, Ms. Meyer wasn’t asking for much. Just some small adjustments and some character background work.

It wasn’t long before the ‘Twilight’ production team began showing up on Twitter, teasing fans with some tantalizing information about the movie’s status. While the production looked like it was wrapping up, director Chris Weitz later admitted that this was all a deception.

Can They Really Afford To Cease Operations?

Even if they do decide to take a break, the ‘Twilight’ stars still have a lot to deal with. Not only do they have to contend with the petition drive, but the franchise’s lucrative merchandising deal with Walt Disney Co. puts considerable pressure on the actors as well. While it’s common for movie stars to cash in on the enormous demand for their products, the pressure is particularly great for the ‘Twilight’ stars because a large portion of their fanbase is now expecting to see them on a regular basis. In fact, since the start of the decade, the franchise has become one of the most popular film series of all time, not just among teenagers, but across all age groups.

Even more impressively, the franchise’s popularity has actually increased around the world. In the U.S., the Twilight craze is so strong that it’s spawned a whole subculture, complete with fan festivals and conventions. In Australia, New Zealand, and the UK, the franchise is known as “the vampire series.” It’s truly an international phenomenon, with the latest installment becoming the highest-grossing film of all time in Russia, Poland, and the Ukraine. (It should be noted that the film’s budget was $38 million, which is a major reason why it’s become such a massive hit in these countries.)

While fans may get their wish of a movie break, it seems that the ‘Twilight’ stars will have to settle for a lot more than just that. Under normal circumstances, a movie this successful would be hard to shut down, especially since Summit has licensed the film to be shown in some of the world’s most renowned cinemas. However, since the start of this year, every other movie has been released in theaters around the world, putting a question mark on just how long the Twilight production can continue without facing serious competition.

What Does The Future Of The Franchise Look Like?

With their worldwide popularity undefied, it’s clear that the ‘Twilight’ stars have a lot to offer. Even when they’re not working, the franchise continues to grow, with comic books, games, and other merchandising opportunities continuing to rise in value. If they do decide to call it quits, it’s uncertain what the future of the franchise will look like. Will there be a third installment? Who will play Bella? Will it continue with a different director? These questions remain unanswered, but one thing is for sure: the world of Twilight will never be the same again.