‘Twilight’ Director Weighs In On ‘Breaking Dawn’ Salary Negotiations

'It could turn ugly,' Catherine Hardwicke warns of rumored disputes.

[movie id="369195"]“Twilight”[/movie] director Catherine Hardwicke has been looking on as the actors she originally cast for a little independent movie adaptation of a young adult novel renegotiate their contracts for the final installments of what is now a blockbuster franchise. With Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz reportedly asking for millions more to make the “Breaking Dawn” movies, Hardwicke warns that negotiations with Summit Entertainment “could turn ugly.”

“Ashley and Kellan have agents, managers, lawyers … you get all of these outside influences telling you [that] you should hold out for this much because you’re such an important part of the franchise,” Hardwicke told UsMagazine.com at the “Twilight” convention in Vancouver over the weekend. The director speculated that the actors themselves aren’t the ones holding out for a bigger paycheck. (The split of the novel into two movies hasn’t been announced while contract negotiations are under way.)

“Possibly, [replaced co-star] Rachelle [Lefevre] and Ashley and Kellan might not even be all that involved,” she said. “They have all the other people telling them things and a lot of stuff can get mishandled, like what happened with Rachelle. There’s so many possible misunderstandings. It breaks my heart.”

So, what does she think will come of the negotiations? “It could turn ugly. Do [these actors] deserve more money? Probably they do, on one level. But if everybody makes so much money, then … it’s complicated,” she added. “What a mess!”

Recently, MTV News caught up with Nikki Reed , who wouldn’t comment on the contract negotiation rumors. “I can’t comment on my business affairs, sorry. I can’t comment on other people, either,” she said, but did add she had yet to speak to “Breaking Dawn” director Bill Condon. “I haven’t, but I’m looking forward to it.”

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