Twilight Bit Players Holding Up A Two-Part Breaking Dawn
Before we get into this news about why the final Twilight installment Breaking Dawn might not be turned into two movies after all, let me digress for a second. Last week the government released the stats for all the baby names in 2009, and according to the blog Baby Name Wizard, Kellan is the #2 fastest rising name for boys. There's really only one possible explanation for this: Kellan Lutz, the actor who plays Emmett Cullen in the Twilight series, and who is apparently far more influential than any of us had imagined. (Side note: my sister is a teacher named Kellen, and will be faced with teaching a whole generation of boys who share her previously unusual name. Weird)
Anyway, even if Kellan Lutz's massive power was news to us, it's apparently something he's known for a while-- THR's legal blog THR Esq. reports that Lutz and co-star Ashley Greene are holding out for bigger salaries before they sign on to a two-part Breaking Dawn film, which means the fifth film can't be greenlit yet. Major players Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson are all getting big raises for the fifth film, and apparently Greene and Lutz-- along with some of the other Cullen kids, it's suggested-- want some of that action as well.
If you're thinking that the sideline characters in the Twilight franchise are pretty interchangeable, you're not alone-- remember how Summit kicked Rachelle Lefevre out of the role of villainous Victoria and replaced her with Bryce Dallas Howard? Insiders are suggesting to THR that a similar situation could happen here-- "We may have a situation where one of them is thrown out on the street to make a point."
It's hard to have sympathy for actors when they're negotiating for more thousands upon the thousands they're already making-- the deals Lutz and Greene are being offered are 10 times more than they made on the first movie-- but then again, the Twilight franchise is worth billions, and they're entitled to a good-sized chunk of it. Unless they press too hard on these negotiations, of course, in which case they'll be getting a whole lot of nothing. Insiders are predicting that Breaking Dawn will be in two parts regardless, so at this point it's just a question of whether or not Lutz and Greene, and whoever else is causing all this trouble, will be a part of it.
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