Twilight TV series a rumor now, but letter written to Hollywood film studio — just in case

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FORKS — It’s a rumor, said Rosemary Colandrea, spokeswoman for the Stephenie Meyer Day Committee.

“It is not a fact that we know for sure,” she said.

But the group has already written letters it will mail to promote Forks just in case a television series based on Stephenie Meyer’s four-novel Twilight series materializes.

If Lions Gate Entertainment elects to produce a TV series, the committee members think it should be filmed in Forks.

“We’re the Forks in the books,” Colandrea said, noting that none of the five “Twilight Saga” movies was filmed in Forks.

Instead, for tax reasons, filmmakers went to Oregon and British Columbia.

Where does the rumor of a television series come from?

Jon Feltheimer, chief executive officer of Lions Gate Entertainment, was quoted about the possibility in a Los Angeles Times story published Jan. 15.

In January, the Hollywood studio company Lions Gate Entertainment acquired Summit Entertainment, which owns the “Twilight” movie franchise, for $412.5 million.

When asked if “Twilight” could become a TV series, Feltheimer told the Times, “I would certainly hope so.”

Stephenie Meyer Day Committee members know nothing beyond the Times interview, Colandrea said.

But they want to be prepared.

“We have letters that are already written if this does come to be,” she said.

Such an effort could be aided by the state Legislature if a bill approved by the state Senate on Tuesday makes it through the House and is signed into law.

The legislation would bring back the tax credits of the state’s film incentive program, which expired in July after the state House failed to vote on the issue.

The program would offer film companies a 30 percent rebate off the amount of money spent in the state.

Film industry officials warned that Washington could lose out on film productions because the state can’t compete with incentives already existing in Vancouver, B.C., and Oregon, where the “Twilight Saga” films were made.

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