The Beginning Of The End For Meyer's Twilight Saga And What's Up Next

This weekend Stephenie Meyer’s Twihards flocked to the theaters for the beginning of the end. We mean to say, Breaking Dawn - Part 1 hit movie theaters across the country and raked in a cool $139.5 million in it's first weekend. 

Breaking Dawn – Part 1 tells the first half of the final chapter in Bella and Edward’s story including the couple’s long awaited wedding, the birth of their daughter and (spoiler alert) Bella’s transition into being part of her new husband’s fangy family.

However, like its characters, the film adaptations of the series have grown up since Twilight came to the big screen back in 2008. 

The movies have certainly grown in earning capability. $139.5 million in earnings for Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is certainly a marked improvement over the original Twilight’s $70.5 million. And although the latest movie fell short of the series’ second box office earnings its first week ($142.8 million), Breaking Dawn did land on the list of the top five movies with the best opening weekend sales.

Does this drop in sales mean that there is a tapering off (or maybe just a maturing) of the audience? We are sure Meyer and her Hollywood backers hope not because not only is there a heavy investment into Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and the subsequent Part 2 (releasing November 12, 2012), there is another Stephenie Meyer project, The Host, currently in the works. 

Back in 2008, Stephenie Meyer released The Host, a science fiction tale set after body-snatching aliens have taken over the world. And even though heroine Melanie is sharing her body with the alien Wanderer, she refuses to give up her mind or her memories of Jared, the boy she once loved — the boy who is still living in hiding. The book never had the same success of the Twilight Saga, but maybe the story's currently in-progress film adaptation will do better.

The Host is slated to be directed by Andrew Niccol, who also adapted the script. It is set to star Saoirse Ronan, who played Hanna in the 2011 action/thriller Hanna and Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones. And has announced that Max Irons will play Jared. Irons most recently starred as Red Riding Hood’s Henry. The story’s other leading man, Ian, will most likely be played by Jake Abel, who recently worked with Ronan for The Lovely Bones and had roles in I am Number Four and the Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. All in all, there’s impressive list of names linked to the project that is rumored to be out in March 2013.

In the meantime, we want to know, have you seen Breaking Dawn – Part 1, will you be buying a ticket for this movie or the series’ finale? Let us know in the comments below!