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Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz Recalcitrant: BREAKING DAWN Contracts

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Ashley Greene / Alice Cullen, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner are close to finalizing contractual agreements with Summit Entertainment to star in two The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn movies, both to be directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon. Stephenie Meyer has already given the go-ahead to split her last Twilight novel into two movies.

According to Matthew Beloni's piece in The Hollywood Reporter, Stewart, Pattinson, and Lautner will get much fatter paychecks for their appearance in a fifth film in the series. But Beloni adds that there's a serious problem with Breaking Dawn Part 2: an impasse between Summit and several of the supporting players in Twilight Saga franchise.

As per Beloni's piece, Summit has reached a deal with both Peter Facinelli (Dr. Carlisle Cullen, Edward's "father") and Billy Burke (police officer Charlie Swan, Bella's clueless, obnoxious father — I'm reading Eclipse now; Charlie would be a perfect candidate for a vampire dinner party).

Now, "the Cullen kids" — Beloni singles out Kellan Lutz (Emmett Cullen), recently seen in A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Ashley Greene (Alice Cullen) "are trying to sink their teeth into bigger paydays that, at least at this point, the studio behind the billion-dollar franchise is unwilling to provide."

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Kellan Lutz, Nikki Reed, New Moon

Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz Breaking Dawn Offer 'Offensive'

As per Beloni's sources, Lutz and Greene have been offered "at least 10 times what the actors made on the first movie." The offer, however, was deemed "offensive," considering that to date Twilight's first two movies have grossed $1.118 billion worldwide — not to mention their record-breaking DVD sales, VOD earnings, etc.

There's already the threat that at least one of the recalcitrant actors will be booted from the series, much like what happened to Rachelle Lefevre, who played the vicious vampire Victoria in both Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight and Chris Weitz's The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

Officially because of scheduling conflicts; unofficially because her representatives played hardball on money matters, Lefevre was kicked out of Eclipse. (In all fairness, Lefevre's demanding more money would make sense, as Victoria plays a much larger role in Eclipse than in the previous two films.)

Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard's daughter and reportedly the initial choice for the role, replaced the departing Lefevre.

Another concern for Summit is that costs have been going up as well: Twilight had a $37 million budget, as per Box Office Mojo. New Moon's budget was $50m and Eclipse has cost approximately $65 million according to the Reporter piece.

Breaking Dawn, partly (chiefly?) as a result of Pattinson's, Stewart's, and Lautner's salary increases, should end up quite a bit costlier than any of the previous three films even if shot back-to-back (in fall 2010), as planned, and possibly in Louisiana, where tax breaks would be made available.

The first Breaking Dawn movie will be released in November 2011. The all-but-inevitable second part should be out in summer 2012. Would audiences accept two new faces in the Cullen family in BD2 — or would that throw the series off-kilter, even if only slightly? If so, would anyone care, as long as Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner are back?

The next installment of the Twilight Saga series to hit theaters, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, opens in the United States next June 30. David Slade directed it from Melissa Rosenberg's screenplay.

Also in the Eclipse cast: Xavier Samuel, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Gil Birmingham, Kirsten Prout, Jodelle Ferland, Michael Welch, Cameron Bright, Anna Kendrick, and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

Ashley Greene / Alice Cullen / The Twilight Saga: New Moon picture: Kimberley French / Summit Entertainment.

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26 Comments to Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz Recalcitrant: BREAKING DAWN Contracts

  1. Twilightobsession

    It´s really stupid they replaced Victoria. You can really see the difference, prefered the orginal Victoria. Love Jacobn though. And Emmett is great, he´s so funny. Compliment for the people who casted him, he´s great for that role. He has become my favourite character of the movie, although Jacob is way more handsome. I just love them both. If they´d replace one of them, I´ll kill them ( I hope I´ll manage then… won´t come far, i´m just 12). At least I didn´t succeed when I heard they replaced Victoria, so not much of good hope…

  2. janessa

    it wont be the same if everyone from the original cullen family is not in the movie. i was sad when they changed victoria, but ill be even more upset if the change my favorite character which is Alice. and emmet makes me smile he's so funny. especially in the book. but i believe that it will be a dramatic effect if the characters are re-cast.

  3. Susie44

    There is no way Kristen Stewart is going to last that long. Kristen is acting bonkers even for her. It's like she decided to ruin her career and instead of just quitting she's going to hurt everybody else that gets a % of the box office take. Summit needs to look at this because I think they need to replace her. Summit can't depend on her.

  4. teamEDWARD

    I LOVE it so so much its the best bella & edward & jacob rock edward is HOT and jacob hot to but i love edward just a little bit bigger sorry taylor but u r hot don't get me wrong but me is a vampire sorry me is a team edward cullen maybe if if i was a wolf i would love you peace i'm outta here

  5. bree

    i love it but its sad bella almost dies well she does if she did not become a vampire

  6. teamjacob

    i love jacob

  7. Jackson

    I find it really lame and pigheaded of them to be asking for more money, because firstly they are not even in the films that much, though Ashley Greene is in more than Kellan Lutz. She's not in it enough to be askin' for tons of cash, for nothing.
    This franchise gave her a name, she should be thankful, and if they are already giving them 10x the amount, I think that's pretty good.

    I say if they act like brats kick 'em out.

    Plus Alice isn't in Breaking Dawn for so long.
    They should just film all her scenes in Breaking Dawn 1, and not worry about the other movie, like she's away or whatever. And Emmett well we seen him for like 15 minutes in both movies altogether.

  8. RockFan

    Why isn't Summit looking at this as one project and filming all of it as one project and paying the cast one salary based on their work in the project? Why two salaries? And if two salaries, then they should be based not per film but per work in said films. It doesn't appear to me that any of this should be difficult. Summit and all concerned are going to make billions more than they've already made when all is said and done. All concerned deserve their due. Work it out on paper and do the right thing. It's not rocket science.

  9. sama

    I hope u don't replace any actors, I love all of them in the films including the Wolf pack too.

  10. Marcy

    I have to disagree. EW is reporting that Kellan and Ashley want four million each movie. Ashley may get two mil for the first, but she's hardly in the second half. Who's going to pay four mil for her to write a note, leave, and then come back at the very end. I would have to pull out my book and scan carefully to even find one Emmett part after the arm wrestling. Fans said they would protest when Rachelle was fired, but the majority didn't because they were curious. They are also going to show up in droves to see BDH in Eclipse. I hate when they change characters, but for that amount of money I don't blame Summit for considering letting them go.

  11. Ana

    I would be so disapointed if they were replaced but that wouldn't stop me from going to see it. Even though it would somewhat ruin Breaking Dawn it will still have Kristen Robert and Taylor so it wouldnt be completely ruind.

  12. tamara

    u can not change the characters, people like emmett! hes amazing. and plus u could not find a better alice then ashley. i think that if the characters they will lose a lot of people. not to mention everybody hates when you have different people playing parts in series.

  13. ?

    If Ashley and Kellan are replaced I swear I will hunt down people who work at summit and I will throw rocks at them as hard as I can… Well not litterly but I will be fucking pissed off

  14. Stephanie

    No No No they can not replace anyone now.There to far in the serise to do that they would ruin it.And to split the movies up on top of it all where you have to wait 7 to 8 month to watch the 2nd dreaking dawn.What is summit thinking

  15. anonymous

    I hated that they replaced Victoria. Rachelle was fierce and always will be the ultimate Victoria to me. I can't believe they are planning to boot Cullens siblings now. Recasting this late in the game would ruin the movie continuity completely. Summit made lots of money and they should pay up.
    I am wary to watch Eclipse with all the changes they made to the story. If they recast Alice and Emmet, I am done with the series.

  16. Nani

    No. the Last film would not be the same without the Original actors (Alice /Ashley Greene and Emmett / Kellan Lutz). Their a big part of the Original Cullen family. We as Twihard fans have grown to love the characters they portray and as actors too! So recasting would be so disappointing to the The Twihard fans.

  17. Qwonique

    i will be wacthing all of the twilight movies ya !!!!!

  18. Summit needs to pay up! It will pay off in the long run. They will ruin the series if they lose original members of the Cullen Family!

    Ashley and Kellens charactors are an important part of the Breaking Dawn Story! It would be just plain wrong to change Bella's Maid of honor or the brother-in-law that she arm wrestles!

    We are all paying more at the box office and Summit you must pay more too!

  19. D.

    As long as Kristen Stewart is in the movie I will be watching it!!!!!!! Oh yeah and Robert and I guess Taylor = ]~

  20. Sharon

    I seriously hope this doesn't happen. I love ashley greene and kellan lutz in the roles of alice and emmett. It would definately damper some of my excitment about seeing breaking dawn.

  21. niki

    I would not watch the movie if Ashley and Kellan are not in it!!

  22. El

    Ashley Greene was one of the best things to come out of this franchise. I so hope she does not get booted from Breaking Dawn or Kellan either, that would be soo disappointing.

  23. Mimi

    I think I'd boycott Twilight IF any of the Cullen kids were not the original! They all just look great together! Twilight isn't just about the 3 main characters! All characters play a significant part regardless how small the role is. I mean, can someone else just pick up Ashley Greene's role as Alice??? OR Emmett's?? I don't think so!

  24. Judy

    NO WAY can they replace Ashley Greene or anyone else in the family because they are an important part of the story, Ashley Greene portrayal of Alice is not replaceable….

  25. Mattie

    Speaking as a *minor* Twilight fan (own the books, some merch, movies, nothing major though, and I am NOT a rabid fangirl by any means), I would be seriously pissed if they replaced any of the "key" players. Bella, Edward, and Jacob ARE NOT the only people that matter. That's part of what made Twilight accessible was the fact that it made you want to be part of the family in a lot of ways.

    You certainly can't go replacing the Cullens. It's one thing to recast Victoria. First of all, she has a LOT of hair to hide her, second, she's not as crucial to the story as some make her out to be (let's be honest, Twilight is relationship drama with a bit of action/suspense thrown in), and third, she spends the majority of her time MOVING to go after Bella.

    You don't just go and change actors in a franchise like this. Summit needs to pay the big bucks, or not make Breaking Dawn. It's as simple as that.

    'Cause if *I* care that much, think of how stark raving mad the Twi-hards are going to go.

  26. Lucy

    You have to gave greene and lutz. Because when you read the books now after the films you can see them when you are reading.
    It wont be the same they have to be in it.




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