Last week, Summit Entertainment confirmed that Bill Condon had signed on the dotted line to direct the fourth and final Twilight movie, Breaking Dawn. The statement that the company issued referred to the film in the singular, puzzling, given that all of the talk of late had been about the last book in the Twilight saga being broken into two films. And we suspected that it wouldn’t be long before we found out just what was happening.
As it turns out, it seems that the plan remains for Breaking Dawn to be broken into two movies, and that deals are being done with all of the key players to get them to sign up for both. It’s believed that the main stars of the Twilight saga – Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner – are all set to sign up any minute.
The holdouts, however, are Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz, who play Alice Cullen and Emmett Cullen respectively. And the pair are reported to be holding out for up to $4m each per film before agreeing to sign up, some reports suggest.
The reason Summit is having to undergo negotiations is that it originally signed the bulk of the Twilight cast up on a four-film deal, and by making a fifth, it’s thus having to rework the contracts. And Greene and Lutz aren’t playing along right now.
It’s a dangerous game that they’re playing, of course. Summit has already shown that it’s willing to recast a main role in the Twilight cinematic saga, when Rachelle LeFevre was dropped in favour of Bryce Dallas Howard in the part of Victoria. Thus, it’s not, if it needs to, likely to worry too much about bringing in two new Cullens.
Furthermore, you’d imagine that if it did cede to the two actors’ wishes – and they argue that they have to do the same level of promotional work and such like as everyone else – then it’s going to have a few more people with done deals knocking at its door.
Conversely, you can’t help but note that the Twilight movies seem to be bringing in staggering amounts of money for Summit.
Entertainment Weekly has the full story, where it also notes that it might just be the pair attempting to get a more modest increase by playing hardball. You can read its report here.
In the meantime, Twilight: Breaking Dawn will be arriving in cinemas in November 2011. The first part of it will, anyway.