What is the cast of biggest vampire franchise to do when the studio can’t cut them a good deal? Band together and take down the establishment!
Here’s an update on the great Twilight Contract Renegotiation. Since Summit has decided that they would like to split the final book in the Twi-series into two films, there has been a lot of talk between the studio and their representation about how this is all going to work out. Back when the contracts were initially done the agreement was only for four films, not five.
An uproar hit the headlines when it was reported that Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene had yet to close their deals because Summit was trying to “pull a fast one” on them and offered significantly less money than their co-stars. In the past, the contracts for the “kids” were all done and figured out at the same time. Summit decided to do something a little different, thusly pissing everyone off in the process. At the time, the only cast members locked down were Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.
Consequently, The Cullen family had literally banded together in the contract negotiation process and there is strength in numbers. The idea of Summit dropping Greene and Lutz (although it probably would never actually happen) didn’t seem too far fetched. However, with nearly the entire vampire family banding together, along with several recurring series characters, Summit can’t back out of making a deal that will make everyone happy.
Except, while a good amount of the cast had joined together in solidarity, Nikki Reed (Rosalie Cullen) was the first to jump ship. She entered into negations, apart from her other cast members, and settled for less money in the process. I can’t begin to explain what a bad idea that is for Reed. If they all work together they would have the upper hand against the studio.
Her cast members quickly followed suit. Peter Facinelli (Carlisle Cullen), Elizabeth Reaser (Esme Cullen), Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen) will be taking a less desirable deal. When I say a “less desirable deal,” I mean they aren’t going to get as much money as they were hoping for. Oh well, that is show business after all. Ashley Greene and Jackson Rathbone are the last ones standing and will probably cut a deal that mirrors that of the rest of the vampire clan.
“A house divided onto itself cannot stand.” Luckily for us, the Cullen family will stand strong on screen regardless of all of this.
The good news? WE HAVE A DEAL FANS!
Everyone is going to be back and that means watching Twilight come to life will last a little longer than we thought. I just see this as another DVD I will have to buy! Goodness gracious me.
Filming will probably start later this year with releases sometime in 2011. That’s just speculation, but Summit is pretty good about churning out these flicks as fast as they can.