Blood on the Moon?

if the deal goes through for Lionsgate to buy Summit Entertainment’s library of six films and the rights to the Twilight franchise, some level of creative influence/interference by the Lionsgate gore-hounds upon the next two Twilight films is at least imaginable. It could mean, in short, that New Moon will be a little bit bloodier than anticipated. Or certainly the Twlight film after that. Is there any filmmaking/distribution outfit with a more pronounced reputation for arterial gushings? That and Tyler Perry — Lionsgate in a nutshell.

  • CarloDennis

    Lionsgate has been slowly shifting its theatrical sights away from horror under new president Joe Drake. These days, they’re more synonymous with “tonally all-over-the-place ‘urban’ melodramas.”

  • William Goss

    Mmmmm, Tyler Perry’s Twilight…

  • D.Z.

    LG also bought TV Guide? That explains why jumptheshark.com jumped the shark. It’ll also probably mean Astro Boy goes straight-to-video. *sigh* :(

  • Renfield

    Does the doc “The U.S. vs. John Lennon” fall into “arterial gushings”?

  • http://www.lytrules.com Luke Y. Thompson

    More gore could only improve Twilight, but as far as other companies in love with arterial gushings…it wasn’t Lionsgate that did KILL BILL, which is more in love with arterial gushings than most movies I’ve seen.

    Lionsgate’s burial of MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN seems to be signalling a change in direction, which sucks for horror fans.

  • hunterd

    Wells, I love the site, but you have NO IDEA on how to report on horror films. Which is ironic because you’re on the DVD in my NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET BOX SET. Talking happily about potentially exposing small children to Freddy Kruger walking around in LA.

  • The Hoyk

    That story said something about Rogue being sold to Relativity Media. Isn’t Rogue just the imprint Universal uses to handle genre product? Does this mean they’re getting out of low-budget action or does this mean Relativity is walking off with Edgar Wrights collected film works?

  • http://www.lytrules.com LYT

    More gore could only improve Twilight, but as far as other companies in love with arterial gushings…it wasn’t Lionsgate that did KILL BILL, which is more in love with arterial gushings than most movies I’ve seen.

    Lionsgate’s burial of MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN seems to be signalling a change in direction, which sucks for horror fans.

  • EDouglasCS

    It’s more likely that Tyler Perry would direct Eclipse, bringing his character Madea into the mix.

    Hoyk: Rogue sold to Relativity a few months back… I think Universal is still involved in distribution/marketing but that’s changing.

  • Howlingman

    I don’t think LGF will want to mess with the formula too much — what good’s a Twilight movie going to be if the core audience of 14 year-old girls and 30-something single women is turned off by the gore?

  • actionman

    Wow. Don’t mean to pull a D.Z. or anything but I have to post this for all to see:

    http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117999411.html?categoryid=13&cs=1

    Scorsese. Del Toro. Day-Lewis. That noise you just heard was me shitting myself.

  • http://moviemaniac2002 moviemaniac2002

    The sound you hear is the “Twilight” franchise

    as it’s crushed between the gears and wheels of the Lionsgate logo…….

  • http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com ScottMendelson

    Say what you will about Lionsgate, but they have the most diverse slate of any studio going today (I wish some of their movies were better, but that’s another story). Also, they use the profits from the Saw sequels and the Tyler Perry franchise to finance or distribute stuff like W, Religulous and Away From Her (their slate of liberal-skewing documentaries rivals Magnolia any day of the week). If this news is true, then I doubt they’d be dumb enough to tinker too much with the franchise (for all the rumors, LG released Punisher War Zone unmolested and R-rated). And I’m guessing they wouldn’t have been as zealous about getting New Moon started as quickly, thus sacrificing the original director. What I want to know is what kind of financial trouble Summit was in to basically give away the store?

  • OtownRog

    New in Town is Lionsgate. And Tyler P. They’re experiencing either “mission creep” or they’re getting away from their gore and butter fare.

    Probably not a smart move, as their niche is well-established and they’ve always made money on it.

    I doubt they do a thing to Twilight that would scare off the little girls.

  • Bilge

    SUMMIT is about to lose a boatload of money on a new Terrence Malick film, as every other studio before them has discovered. (Not that I’m complaining, mind you.)

    Also, Renfield, THE US VS. JOHN LENNON falls into “arterial gushings” only insofar as cutting open my neck might have been more pleasant than watching that half-baked, poorly researched, lame-ass VH1 excuse for a movie.

  • Chase Kahn

    NEW MOON: The 3D EXPERIENCE!

  • Chase Kahn

    Action: Del Toro looks like Ellen Burnstyn in ‘Requiem for a Dream’ in that picture — good god!

  • BurmaShave

    actionman you are more than excused, that is the best news I’ve heard in weeks. At one point I was hoping for Day-Lewis and Bardem, but Del Toro will do more than fine.

  • DarthCorleone

    Yeah, they’d be pretty dumb to risk alienating their audience. I’ve never seen so many pre-teen to young teen girls at the movie theater as I did during the opening weekend of Twilight.

  • Sabina E

    Twilight is crap. Those annoying, whiney, hopeless romantic fangirls who claim that this is a “horror/vampire” movie need to be punched in the face.

    so maybe Lionsgate will indeed bring more BLOOD and GORE to the franchise.

  • dogcatcher

    What I wonder is what does this mean for the new Polanski film, “The Ghost,” which Summit was supposed to put out? They were scheduled to start filming today, is that still happening?

  • http://throwingthings.blogspot.com MattM

    As I understand it, author Stephenie Meyer has a LOT of reserved rights in connection with the Twilight movies, in essence giving her final cut. She apparently will not allow explicit gore or violence, and certainly will not allow the movie to be rated anything above PG-13.

  • MindlessObamaton

    Clearly, I’m in the WGAFF majority here.

  • Phatang!

    Lionsgate makes those movies to make money, it’s not like there’s some corporate culture there that believes in the importance of sadism on screen. (in other words, comment #12 is right). Or, for that matter, like anyone there thinks Tyler Perry is funny.

    Also, this deal will never happen.

  • http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com JckNapier2

    Say what you will about Lionsgate, but they have the most diverse slate of any studio going today (I wish some of their movies were better, but that’s another story). Also, they use the profits from the Saw sequels and the Tyler Perry franchise to finance or distribute stuff like W, Religulous and Away From Her (their slate of liberal-skewing documentaries rivals Magnolia any day of the week). If this news is true, then I doubt they’d be dumb enough to tinker too much with the franchise (for all the rumors, LG released Punisher War Zone unmolested and R-rated). And I’m guessing they wouldn’t have been as zealous about getting New Moon started as quickly, thus sacrificing the original director. What I want to know is what kind of financial trouble Summit was in to basically give away the store?

  • DeafBrownTrashPunk

    Twilight is crap. Those annoying, whiney, hopeless romantic fangirls who claim that this is a “horror/vampire” movie need to be punched in the face.

    so maybe Lionsgate will indeed bring more BLOOD and GORE to the franchise.

  • D.Z.

    Jck: “If this news is true, then I doubt they’d be dumb enough to tinker too much with the franchise (for all the rumors, LG released Punisher War Zone unmolested and R-rated).”

    It was already molested when they fired Jane.

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    My friend is in the Twilight series. Take that sucka!

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