The coronavirus pandemic has forced many to catch up on some of their favorite books. One book series that’s seen a plethora of love online lately is the Twilight series. Author Stephenie Meyer decided to give fans of the book a huge surprise with a new web series.
Meeting Their Heroes
Meyer and several other authors have joined forces for the web series Letters to ___. Premiering on Facebook Watch, authors give their fans a surprise visit through QuickTime and Zoom meetings. Joining Meyer in the series are Goosebumps writer R.L. Stine and Divergent writer Veronica Roth. Produced by Picturestart, the series was originally going to have authors surprising fans in person. With the coronavirus, the producers decided to change things at the last minute. “We liked the idea of feeling immediate but didn’t want it to seem like a DIY, cobbled-together show,” Picturestart CEO Erik Feig told Forbes.
Feig was a major factor in bringing the Twilight films to life. The producer was hooked on the first novel of the series. At the time, the novel had only sold 4,000 copies, but it had a growing fanbase online. Feig believed the book could become a box office hit, though. After several talks with Meyer, Feig was able to gain the film rights in 2006. The five-movie franchise brought in $3.3 billion at the box office. Feig also had a hand in turning the Divergent and Hunger Games novels into box office gold.
Tackling More Projects
Letters To ___ kicks off a slew of projects surrounding these authors. Picturestart will be working on an adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Point Horror for HBO Max. The horror fiction series featured Stine’s first story, Blind Date, which debuted in 1986. While a slew of authors contributed to the Point Horror series, only Stine’s stories will be adapted. Stine’s last contribution to the Point Horror series is 1995’s The Babysitter IV.
Picturestart will also have an adaptation of Roth’s new book Chosen Ones. Released back in April, the book is Roth’s debut in the adult novel world. The book follows a group of heroes years after they’ve taken down a massive threat. While they attempt to live normal lives, a bigger villain is waiting to strike.
Meyer and Picturestart will also work with each other again on an unnamed project. Meyer had a TV series based on her novel The Chemist in the works since 2018. Unfortunately, word on the project quickly died down. Aside from her own work, Meyer has worked on films based on other novels. In 2013, Meyer co-produced Austenland, which is based on Shannon Hale’s novel of the same name. In 2018, Meyer also co-produced Down a Dark Hall, which is based on Lois Duncan’s novel of the same name.
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‘Midnight Sun’ Coming Soon
There’s a small chance this project could be a film adaptation of Meyer’s Midnight Sun. Releasing on August 4, the book brings fans back to the world of Twilight. The novel retells the original Twilight novel through the eyes of Edward Cullen. Work on Midnight Sun originally began in 2008, but it ceased after chapters were leaked online. Because of the pandemic, Meyer wanted to release it on a later date. “It’s a crazy time right now and I wasn’t sure it was the right time to put this book out, but some of you have been waiting for just so, so long; it didn’t seem right to make you wait anymore,” Meyer told Good Morning America.
With so much time indoors, fans are certain Meyer is working on more stories to tell. When the time comes, the author will be ready to unveil the next big book franchise.
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