The ex-on-screen and off-screen lovers are indirectly involved in a lawsuit involving “Twilight” studio Summit Entertainment and could be called to testify.
At issue is how much money they were paid for the first “Twilight” movie and where it came from.
Goldcrest Film Distribution, which helped finance four of the vampire movies, filed the lawsuit yesterday (Apr. 9) in Los Angeles Superior Court, charging Summit, now owned by Lionsgate, with accounting irregularities, according to TheWrap.
You may recall, the first “Twilight” film was shot on a shoe-string budget and the movie was never expected to be much of a box office draw. But fans around the world fell in love with Rob and Kristen’s characters, a 118-year-old vampire and a fetching high-school student.
The film went on to gross $351 million and set the stage for four more high-grossing sequels. Both Rob and Kristen received $300,000 bonuses for their work, but negotiated a more lucrative deal to shoot the next film, “Twilight Saga: New Moon.”
As part of the deal, they were allegedly paid another $2.5 million each for their work on the first movie. Goldcrest claims that money should have gone to them.
Goldcrest claims Summit allegedly cheated it out of several million dollars by understating film revenues and overstated costs, a frequent complaint in Hollywood. Goldcrest reported ponied up $10 million for four of the five movies, which collectively grossed $3.3 billion, according to boxofficemojo.
Both Rob and Kristen could be called to give depositions and even take the stand, should the case go to trial. Could it spark a new romance?
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