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Twilight Saga reboot rumour denied by studio (+video)

There are no current plans for more Twilight films once the movie series ends later this year.  Photo / Supplied
There are no current plans for more Twilight films once the movie series ends later this year. Photo / Supplied

Despite rampant rumours to the contrary, the upcoming final installment of The Twilight Saga will (probably) be exactly that - the end - according to the studio behind the franchise.

Movie website set tongues wagging over the weekend after it reported that Lionsgate and its subsidiary Summit Entertainment are working on a fifth anniversary reboot of the hit movie series, based on the books by Stephenie Meyer.

"By the five year anniversary, Lionsgate, who acquired Summit back in January for US$412.5 million in cash and stock, will be in serious discussions regarding the future of the Stephenie Meyer vampire/werewolf franchise," wrote the website.

According to the site, the franchise could continue in the form of "a direct remake", a "spin-off" or "maybe even a one-off sequel".

The site also said that Lionsgate would "deny it, right here, right now. We'll get plenty of eggs in our face. Sites will burn us at the stake like a witch during the Salem trials."

It declared: "Still, the fact will remain: it's true.

"In fact, they're already discussing it internally. It will happen."

But Deadline reports that Lionsgate exec Rob Friedman has since issued a statement slamming the reboot rumours.

"We are not remaking Twilight," Friedman said.

"We will happily support Stephenie Meyer if she decides to proceed in any way. But this will be the last one, unless that should change."

So, the studio appears to have put the kibosh on any reboots plans - for now. How about a spin-off?

Never say never...

Lionstage chief executive Jon Feltheimer suggested in January that he would like to see the series continue in some form.

"I'm anticipating Breaking Dawn Part 2 being $700m-plus in worldwide box office," he told the LA Times.

"It's hard for me to imagine a movie that does $700m-plus doesn't have ongoing value. It's an amazing franchise that they have done a great job of maintaining with absolutely no deterioration. So the simple answer is: 'Boy I hope so'."

The newspaper also quoted a source as saying that Lionsgate, which runs a successful TV arm, could adapt the franchise for television.

Asked whether the series could possibly find a home on the small screen, "I would certainly hope so," said Feltheimer.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 hits New Zealand cinemas on November 15.

Watch a teaser trailer for Breaking Dawn - Part 2 below:

And check out the just-released ten second teaser trailer below:

The full trailer hits online on Thursday.

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