Twilight Forever Dawn Original Sequel Explained (Why It Was Cancelled)

While the five film adaptations were faithful to the original novels in the saga, the original was canceled Dusk Continuation Forever Dawn would have seen the franchise reduced to a two-book series. Dusk was a huge success upon its release in 2005, leading to an inevitable film adaptation a few years later. DuskThe film adaptations of worked hard to stay as close to the original novels as possible due to the huge fan base the franchise had amassed, although the best sequel in the series, Eclipseit changed some major plot points.


however, the Dusk saga was not originally intended as a four-book series. When author Stephenie Meyer first wrote Duskalso wrote a direct sequel to the novel, Forever Dawnwhich would have represented the conclusion of the saga. Forever Dawn saw Bella marry Edward and become pregnant with Renesmee soon after, in a storyline that effectively mirrored the events of breaking Dawn. Bella died in childbirth nonetheless and was revived as a vampire by Edward, and a villain still informed the Volturi of Edward and Bella’s human/vampire hybrid child. However, since the events of New moon And Eclipse never happen in Forever Dawn timeline, Jacob’s role was much less significant.

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Twilight was almost a two movie saga

Dusk Edward and Bella

Self Forever Dawn it had been the second and last Dusk novel, there would be only two film adaptations of the saga. From Dusk was the most financially successful vampire franchise ever, this could have completely reshaped the blockbuster landscape of the 2010s. Dusk earning more at the box office with each new sequel, the studios may not have been eager to adapt other young adult sagas like The Hunger Games And Divergent to the big screen. Meanwhile, it’s unlikely Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson would have become the A-listers they are now without. Dusk sequels that solidify their status as bankable lead players.

However, while a two film Dusk saga would have been bad for the careers of its stars and could have changed the history of cinema significantly, that does not mean that it would have been bad for the plot of the probably too tense series. Forever Dawnthe version of Dusk saga is much tighter, streamlining its story by abandoning the weaker Twilight sequel, New moonentirely. Forever Dawn could undoubtedly have improved the critical position of the Dusk films if its release had resulted in a two-film series, since then New moon received significantly worse reviews than in 2008 Dusk. That said, Forever Dawn also retconned the events of Eclipsewhich was the most critically praised sequel, so the potential publication of the canceled novel would have been a mixed blessing.

How cutting New Moon and Eclipse changed the Twilight story

Final battle scene from Twilight Eclipse

Cut New moon would have improved the Dusk the narrative flow of the saga, since the plot of the novel didn’t add much to the overall story of the series. However, New moon it was also the book in which Bella got to know Jacob, and both the original novel and its film adaptation use Edward’s absence as an opportunity to establish Jacob as a foil to Edward and Bella’s alternate love interest. Jacob still imprints on Renesmee in Forever Dawnbut this plot point would have been even more disturbing and inexplicable if he hadn’t had an existing romantic thrill with his mother, as is the case with Forever Dawn.

Not only would he lose New moon they made Jacob’s character irrelevant, but the loss of Eclipse would have deprived the Dusk saga of its strongest adaptation. Although the new version of Eclipse primarily focused on the romantic rivalry between Jacob and Edward, director David Slade’s film adaptation also staged the franchise’s most effective action sequences in the darker, more impactful sequel. Even without these added action scenes, Edward and Jacob’s battle for Bella’s affection was a big part of it Dusk the franchise’s long-standing appeal judging by the popularity of both Team Jacob and Team Edward among the franchise’s fandom, meaning the saga would have suffered without this compelling conflict.

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Because Forever Dawn made Jacob’s imprint even worse

Jacob Black and Renesmee Cullen in Twilight Breaking Dawn

In the Forever DawnEdward and Bella’s daughter Renesmee was born first, as the novel cuts directly to Edward and Bella’s marriage after Bella graduates from high school. This means that Edward never leaves Bella heartbroken for several months without explanation, which in turn means that she never seeks solace in Jacob. As a result, Jacob and Edward never have to fight for Bella, which makes Jacob’s imprint on Renesmee even stranger than it already was. The controversial plot point, which saw Jacob mark Renesmee as his mate for her life shortly after her birth, has always been a divisive twist. Defenders of the imprint storyline note that it explains Jacob’s interest in Bella, since he was destined to end up with her daughter.

For others, the storyline (much like Renesmee’s Uncanny Valley CGI appearance in Duskfilm adaptations of ) is unforgivably creepy. However, while it is difficult to defend the imprint scene in the context of the five films Dusk saga, it is almost impossible to justify the scene in Forever Dawn. If the events of New moon And Eclipse it never happens and Bella never considers leaving Edward for Jacob in this timeline, so there’s no reason to explain Jacob’s attraction to Bella. As such, Forever DawnThe imprinting scene is simply a moment in which a grown adult feels compelled to say that he intends to spend his life with a newborn, a bizarre and out of place scene that is impossible to explain without the (admittedly flimsy) justification of the intermediate sequels.

Because Forever Dawn never happened

Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2 Finale

While a future Dusk the reboot could pick up the story of Edward, Bella and Jacob where the movies left off, Forever Dawn it will never fit the screen. This is because Meyer never seriously considered publishing the two-novel version of the saga, feeling that the mature content of him would not appeal to his young adult readers. Instead, Meyer has promised to reveal excerpts of the unreleased work from time to time, waiting until after the release of Duskto avoid spoiling the plot of the saga. From Forever Dawn effectively tells the same story as breaking Dawn (albeit with some differences), an adaptation of the novel would be redundant after that breaking DawnThe two-part film by concluded the Dusk franchise.

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