Unconfirmed sources report that Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films has agreed to star in the final two movies of the block buster series. Watson reportedly signed the deal worth $476 million after protracted negotiations stalled several weeks ago sending fans and studio executives into a tail spin. “I’m just glad to be involved with such a great group of people.” Said Watson at an early morning press conference Wednesday.
The $476 million deal is sending shockwaves across Hollywood and the world. The record breaking deal has stunned and delighted actors and fans alike. Fans are glad that Watson will return as Hermione Granger and actors are hopeful the deal signals bigger paychecks in the future.
“She had Warner Brothers over a barrel.” Says celebrity agent Guy Repeneck. “Warner Brothers went ahead and signed everyone else up and painted themselves into a corner. The entire fate of the two films rested in the hands of the 16 year old starlet. She had them in her hands and she squeezed. I’m proud of her, she has shown she has what it takes to succeed in this business.”
Not everyone thinks the contract is a good deal, however. The payment to Watson is so big it could jeopardize the ultimate profitability of the films. With so much being paid to one star the cost of the two films could reach 1 billion dollars. Some have even speculated that tickets to the film might have to be sold for as much as $250 dollars to assure the films will even break even.