Entertainment Weekly has Twilight news about Taylor Lautner future in the series: Another of Hardwicke’s primary concerns was that Edward remains MIA throughout New Moon’s middle portion. In her own opening-weekend interview, she told EW: You have to get the chemistry as strong between Jacob and Bella as it was between Bella and Edward.
You also have to do, something with that arc: She’s in love with somebody, he disappears, she falls in love with someone else, and the first guy comes back. Movies like Pearl Harbor have tried it. It absolutely didn’t work.’ With or without Hardwicke, Summit faces other snags. Two sources tell EW the studio doesn’t want to rehire baby-faced Taylor Lautner as Jacob..
..though Lautner’s agent has apparently reached out to the imaging company behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in an attempt to demonstrate to Summit how a digitally bulked-up Lautner could work. Summit says it won’t make a decision until a new filmmaker is on board.
There’s also the matter of finding a cast of Native American actors to play Jacob’s werewolf clan, a difficult challenge Hardwicke was also faced with before settling on Lautner, who isn’t completely Native American. And with a slightly increased budget of $50 million, much of which is assumed will go to leads asking for heftier paydays, location shoots in Italy, and ramped-up F/X, Summit will have to cut costs somewhere. Photo: Fame.