"I don't think so."
—A key Summit player's response when we asked if the Twitter petition—waged by Twilight fans to save fired Rachelle Lefevre in her role as Victoria—would get her reinstated.
Clearly, both Lefevre, who tried to get time off from her Eclipse duties to do another film, Barney's Version, did not go over well. Her side of the battling story, as our colleague Marc Malkin scooped, states pretty plainly it's Summit just trying to get out of paying Lefevre's upped salary for the third installment in The Twilight Saga.
On the other corporate bitchy hand, Summit claims Lefevre withheld notification about doing the film (with a conflicting shoot schedule) and is being "uncooperative" as a result.
Well, that's just what Summit's saying on the record.
What are those involved in the studio fracas saying privately?
"Rachelle, to her credit, drew the first blood," bitched a key player involved in the nasty situation. "So no matter what Summit says, they look like the bad guy."
Score one for crafty Rachelle!
What about that amazing and dedicated Twi fan-base, we asked the Summit insider. You know, that impressively forceful, online contingency that's been screaming for Lefevre's re-hiring ever since the news first broke?
"Because the fan base is so passionate," our studio know-it-all replied, "any change they feel they need to be consulted on."
Bitchy! Okay, so we guess Summit isn't too interested in maintaining nicey-nicey with anybody right now, huh? But remember, they said Rachelle started it all, so, of course, they're in lousy moods, right?
"You have no idea," sasses Deep Twi. "Everyone started freaking out when they saw how Rachelle was going to spin this. Execs were prepared to play nice, but were 'stunned' too when they saw Rachelle's statement. So you can scratch the playing nice part."
We asked DT one more time if there's any hope Lefevre can reprise her role in the third film, after hearing all the fan outrage and such.
"After this public mess? I think that's a no."
So there you have it.
Jeez Summit, you might not want to bite the hand that feeds you (the fans). And yes, pun very much intended.
What say you Twilight lovers out there?