Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene playing hardball over two-part ‘Breaking Dawn’?
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Summit Entertainment and ‘Twilight’ fans may be learning how problematic it can be to add just one more after getting a good deal on that first four-pack.
The studio’s ‘Breaking Dawn’ problem: Some of the names further down the cast list -- think Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene -- aren’t yet on board for the end of the sweeping saga, THR Esq. reports.
Though fans may like the idea of a fifth ‘Twilight’ installment, with the ‘Breaking Dawn’ book in two parts instead of one, the parties involved aren’t exactly loving contract negotiations for a fifth film, THR Esq. says. Makes sense -- with only four books in the saga, a fifth movie wasn’t anticipated until writers started turning ‘Breaking Dawn’ into a screenplay, and at that point the notion of higher paychecks became a reality.
Says THR Esq:
'[W]e’re told that the offers from Summit -- which are said to be at least 10 times what the actors made on the first movie -- were deemed ‘offensive’ given the mega-money the franchise has generated.’
Fifth-film deals are nearly done for leads Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, THR Esq. says as well as director Bill Condon. But with everyone’s salaries far more than they were for the first four films, Summit is looking at a very different budget than the franchise began with. It’s even possible that filming might move from Vancouver to Louisiana, MTV reports, to save money.
In the wake of their ‘Twilight’ success, Lutz has a lot of projects hopping and Greene has a few -- but will these Cullen kids become the next Rachelle LeFevre, whose role went to Bryce Dallas Howard after Summit decided the original actress wasn’t worth the money demanded?
And if that happens, how would fans react?
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-- Christie D’Zurilla
Top photo: Kellan Lutz attends a Cosmopolitan party in New York in March. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press