‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke on How the Film Paved the Way for Female-Led Franchises

Director Catherine Hardwicke made history with “Twilight,” creating one of the highest grossing live-action films directed by a woman ever; however, at the NY Comic Con “Twilight” 10th Anniversary panel, Hardwicke said Hollywood didn’t always believe in the franchise.

“It was a modest budget because everybody thought, hey, a movie for women is only going to make like what ‘Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’ made – $29 million,” Hardwicke said.

What happened instead was the opposite. On its opening weekend, “Twilight” made more than $60 million at the domestic box office and, by the end of its run, it had reached more than $400 million worldwide.

“I think that changed the landscape,” Hardwicke said. “People could see that women want to see movies about women.”

Hardwicke also credited the film with helping create the foundation for future female-led franchises including “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games.” Ed Gathegi, who played Laurent in the “Twilight” series, echoed Hardwicke’s sentiment, praising the film’s positive effect on popular culture.

“This was maybe in many ways one piece of the puzzle that opened up the door for other projects that would follow,” Gathegi said. “This sort of began or in many ways continued to further the conversation we’re having today about diversity, inclusion and female-led projects.”

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