The cast of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn participate in Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 12, 2012
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By Elizabeth Barber
October 1, 2014

Production house Lionsgate and Twilight series author Stephenie Meyer will rekindle the vampire-themed saga with a series of short films posted on Facebook next year, it was announced Tuesday.

Five aspiring female film directors, selected by a group of female panelists, including Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, will direct the shorts, the New York Times reports.

“We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of Twilight to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” Michael Burns, Lionsgate’s vice chairman, told the Times.

The announcement reflects Facebook’s massive user base and its role as a sharing platform, as well hinting at a shake-up in the movie-distribution model toward one that does not involve cinemas or ticket sales.

The news comes just one day after Netflix said it had reached a deal with a production house to develop its first original movie, a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which will be released exclusively on Netflix and in some IMAX theaters.

[NYT]

Write to Elizabeth Barber at elizabeth.barber@timeasia.com.

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