Rumor has it that Disney is interested in acquiring the rights to the Twilight saga and would fill the live action production’s cast with Disney channel mega stars. It sounds just crazy enough to be true. The rumor says that Disney is ready to drop $1 billion just for the rights which means they would still have to make and market the movie and pay the big names of Miley Cyrus and the Jonas brothers. Such an investment would require the movie to make astronomical gains in the box office just to break even. Even with these figures it’s said that Disney believes it will all be worth it in the end. It’s hard to bet against the company that launched such mega careers as those of the Jonas brothers and Miley Cyrus. Disney would start off by remaking the first movie to better represent the relationship between Bella and Edward in the Twilight book that spawned such a significant fan base. Where do Miley Cyrus and the Jonas brothers fit in? Well I’ll get to that a little bit later.
Disney is rumored to have said that since the first Twilight movie did such a bad job of representing the beloved book and still took off at the box office that there’s no doubt that an accurate version would recover most of the operational costs(includ ing the $1 Billion). To ensure the movie stays true to the bestselling Twilight book Disney
plans on hiring the book’s author Stephenie Meyer to write the screen play. As far as getting a 500 page book into a 90minute feature Disney says the only way to make this work out is to cover each book in two movies, turning the four book series into an eight movie saga. This is also going to aid Disney in recovering their costs, not to mention all the franchising opportunities with toy lines and other products, and possibly a whole new section of the Disney theme parks devoted to the Twilight series. With 8 movies Twilight will become Disney’s biggest contributor and this will change the course for Disney’s entire marketing plan. This would be a huge change for Disney which is used to growing its own product but with something so potentially big you must put egos aside and be ready to make history.
This whole thing could be nothing more than a wild rumor but the more you hear of it the more you have to listen. With absolutely nothing confirmed some of the speculated cast members spinning around the rumor mill are: The Jonas brothers would make up the vampire clan, and Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus is said to play Bella with some upcoming Disney talent to spring board their stardom in supporting roles.
Do you think this rumor holds any water, and if it’s true will it happen, will we see movie history or will this whole thing will fall through? Do you think Miley Cyrus and the Jonas brothers can pull off the chemistry that Edward and Bella had in the book? Does the possibility of this rumor being true excite you?