If you assumed you wouldn’t have to think about Twilight again until at least 2024, when the franchise would be rebooted with Vivienne Jolie-Pitt as Bella (Zuma Rossdale as Edward), you were off by a little less than a decade. Tuesday night, Lionsgate said that it is partneringwith Twilight author Stephenie Meyer on a series of short films, which will premiere next year exclusively . . . on Facebook.
The venture—titled The Storytellers—New Creative Voices of the Twilight Saga—is being referred to as a “multiphase contest,” as at least five different female filmmakers will be selected to direct the shorts, which will focus on characters from the world of Twilight who did not appear in the first four films. The group of judges who will choose and help guide the filmmakers includes Meyer, O.G. Bella Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer, Frozen writer Jennifer Lee, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, and Julie Bowen.
Once the shorts have been produced, fans will vote on their favorite, with the winner, per The Hollywood Reporter, receiving an “unspecified cash prize and opportunities to advance their career.” Meyer said, in a statement, “The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I've worked in the film industry . . . I'm honored to be working with Women In Film, Lionsgate and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”