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article imageTwilight: Facebook to premiere five new short films

By Mathew Wace Peck     Oct 2, 2014 in Entertainment
Stephanie Meyer’s popular “Twilight” saga is set to return, it has emerged, with five short films overseen by female directors.
The announcement first surfaced in the New York Times and seems to be part of an attempt to deal with the paucity of female Hollywood directors, which has come in for much criticism in recent years.
According to a piece in the Guardian, the new films — which are to be released by Lionsgate under the umbrella The Storytellers – New Creative Voices of The Twilight Saga — will premiere on Facebook.
The project is being supported by Women in Film, with the directors being selected by a panel of judges that will include Stephanie Meyer, the writer of the four novels upon which the original five-film movie franchise was based on.
Of the announcement, Digital Spy reports Meyer as saying, “The female voice is something that has become more and more important to me as I’ve worked in the film industry [and] I’m honoured to be working with Women in Film, Lionsgate and Facebook on a project dedicated to giving more women a chance to be heard creatively.”
Also on the judges’ panel will be the actor Kristen Stewart, who portrays Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga films.
Meyer’s original Twilight series comprises four vampire-themed fantasy-romance novels — Twilight (published in 2005),
The Twilight Saga  by Stephanie Meyer
The Twilight Saga, by Stephanie Meyer
New Moon (2006), Eclipse (2007) and Breaking Dawn (2008) — charting the life of Bella Swan, a teenage girl who falls in love with Edward Cullen, a 104-year-old vampire.
The story unfolds primarily from Bella’s viewpoint, except for the epilogue to Eclipse and the second part of Breaking Dawn, which is told from the point of view of Jacob Black, a werewolf who is also in love with Bella.
As well as the original four novels, Meyer has written two further installments: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner — a novella that tells the story of a newborn vampire first introduced in Eclipse — and the so-far unpublished Midnight Sun. The latter retells Twilight but from Edward’s viewpoint.
Four became five
Each of the five films were released by Summit Entertainment in consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. Each bore the title The Twilight Saga then the same name as their respective books, with Breaking Dawn split into two: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.
The characters of Bella Swan, Edward Cullen and Jacob Black are played in the films by Kristen Stewart (Camp X-Ray), Robert Pattinson (Queen of the Desert) and Taylor Lautner (Cuckoo), respectively. Other cast members include Jodelle Ferland (400 Boys) as Bree Tanner, Jackson Rathbone (Live at the Foxes Den) as Jasper Hale and BooBoo Stewart (Descendants) as Seth Clearwater.
Of casting for the upcoming short films, meanwhile, fans of the vampire—werewolf saga will need to be patient, as that’s still some way off; however, Digital Spy reports that fans will be given the opportunity to get involved through Facebook and the video crowdsourcing platform Tongal, by watching the series then helping to select a “grand prize winner.”
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