When it comes to the sequels in a juggernaut franchise, it’s only a matter of time before money becomes the main focus of the talent involved, and complications develop.
And so it begins.
As you all know, Summit Entertainment wants to split the final movie in their series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, into two parts so that they can cover more of the story and of course, so that they can add a few hundred-million dollars more to their bank account. But why has this two-part movie always been “hoped” for and not an official decision? Money, naturally.
When Twilight was first being made it had a big following behind the books, but the movie didn’t have a massive budget and its stars, who were signed on for a possible three films if the first did well, did not get paid a lot of money. The movie went on to pull in insane box office numbers, instantly creating a worldwide phenomenon and solidifying the birth of a franchise instead of just one film. This also lead Summit to smartly re-enter into negotiations with their stars to lock them up for a last movie based on the fourth book from author Stephenie Meyer.
Their only mistake was that they didn’t include the possibility of the final movie being split into two parts, and so here they stand, once again trying to lock up their cast for one more picture. The three most important cast members — Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner — are close to reaching deals for the extra movie…all of which are sure to be massive paydays.
Just as an comparison, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are all said to have made $20 million a movie to do the two-part Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Along with the other movies, this put all three of the Harry Potter stars on the U.K.’s richest under-30 list along with…*drumroll*…Robert Pattinson, who was behind the trio on the list. Who knows where he’ll land after his Breaking Dawn contract is revealed.
Which brings us to the headline of this story: secondary stars. Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen) and Billy Burke (Charlie Swan) are already distinguished actors and will never likely see the payday these kids are looking for, but they’re signed on and ready to go. On the other hand, some of the Cullen children including Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) and Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen) are looking to get their hands on big checks as well — checks that Summit is not willing to cut.
According to sources, the payments offered to actors for the final movies are somewhere near TEN times what they were paid for the first movie, but that the number is still somewhat “offensive” considering the record-breaking coin that has rained down on the franchise. This is where the ice becomes thin.
Summit obviously wants all of its cast back for the Breaking Dawn home stretch, but the source claims that someone may just have to be sacrificed to show that they’re not screwing around, and that if they need to, they will re-cast the secondary roles. In the first movie, actress Rachel Lefevre was on-screen for about 2 1/2 minutes as Victoria, but her people demanded a major payday for future films. As fans of the series know, she was replaced by the far more-established Bryce Dallas Howard.
I personally have to imagine that this is all blown out of proportion and eventually some even ground will be reached. I don’t see Summit recasting popular roles and I don’t see these actors passing up a big-money opportunity to try and get more money. One or both sides will give a little here and there until there is an accord.
That, or fans will have to get used to some new faces very late in the game.
Twi-Hards — here’s your chance to shout out. What do you think of all of this? Do you agree with Summit or are you with the smaller actors playing hardball?
[Source: THR, Esq.]