To the surprise of no one, Summit decided to break the final Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, into two parts. However, that decision to keep The Twilight Saga going for an extra movie yielded a problem in the contracts with the stars. After the success of the first film, everyone was signed for three more movies. A fifth film has led to significant contract re-negotiations and the stars are using their powerful bargaining position to garner a higher payday. However, you can only ask for so much before the studio decides to cut you loose and find a replacement.
Before Twilight fans start panicking, THR, Esq. reports that leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner are all close to finalizing their deals. However, the actors playing the Cullen kids (“especially Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene”) are reportedly trying to negotiate a salary of ten times what they made on the first movie. Says a source close to the negotiations, “We may have a situation where one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point.” Hit the jump for more.
As Twilight fans are well aware, the franchise is not afraid to recast, as Summit replaced Rachelle Lefevre, who played baddie vampire Victoria, with Bryce Dallas Howard after Lefevre tried to play hardball. Granted, Lutz and Greene have been able to build a little star power since Twilight. Lutz just appeared in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and is set to co-star in Tarsem’s Greek gods film, Immortals, while Greene will next be seen in the horror film Apparition and is co-starring in the political satire Butter. But I think fans would agree that unless your name ends with “Pattinson” or “Lautner”, you’re expendable if you delay the Twilight movies. I think it’s a bad career move from any of the co-stars to try and hold-out for an unrealistic payday on these movies. Take a reasonable raise and accept that your real payment is in visibility.
Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) is set to helm both parts of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which are scheduled to hit theaters in November 2011 and summer 2012, respectively.