Bella Blushes: Twilight Contract Disputes Heat Up

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Shocking casting drama in the Twilight universe. And yes, it involves dreamy Robert Pattinson, hunky Taylor Lautner and frail Kristen Stewart.Well, sort of.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that when Summit Entertainment decided to split the last Twilight book, Breaking Dawn into two films, it sparked something of a contractual tsunami. Locking down the three titans mentioned above for an additional film sent the cost of the last chapter skyrocketing. As a result, actors further down the casting sheet, all eyeing  big-time paydays, may now be negotiating themselves right out of the franchise. (See our portraits of the Twilight stars)

THR says Peter Facinelli (who plays Carlisle Cullen) and Billy Burke (Bella’s father, Charlie Swan) have already signed deals with Summit, but when it comes to those who play the Cullen kids (especially Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene), they’re making demands for paychecks that Summit isn’t quite prepared to write.

No doubt Summit is feeling the pressure, to maintain the integrity of this big-screen fantasy universe, to preserve the credibility of Stephenie Meyer’s vision in film form. But here’s betting that as long as they have a girl, a werewolf and a vampire, the legions of girls will be too busy swooning to notice the B-list substitutions.