Over the weekend, a series of videos released by former Bayonetta comedian Hellena Taylor accused developer PlatinumGames of offering an “insulting” $4,000 to reprise the role in the upcoming third entry. Bayonetta 3, although a new Bloomberg report (paywall) presents claims from sources “familiar with negotiations” that paint a slightly different picture.
As Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reported, two sources – who asked to remain anonymous, though their claims are supported by documents seen by both Bloomberg and VGC – saying that PlatinumGames was “determined” for Taylor to reprise the role and wanted to secure Taylor for “at least five sessions, each paying $3,000 to $4,000 for four hours in the studio”, putting the full payment for the role at minimum of $15,000.
The report states that “Taylor asked for a six-figure sum plus residuals on the game”, which Platinum rejected before setting up auditions for a replacement. Bloomberg sources say Taylor was offered an in-game appearance at the same one-time session fee (so $3,000-$4,000), which Taylor declined.
Responding to this different account of the negotiations, Taylor told Schreier it was “an absolute lie” and said she was supportive of everything in her videos.
Taylor’s original comments led to numerous discussions online earlier this week, with Hideki Kamiya commenting on a “attitude of untruth” on Twitter, and the artist who voiced the character in the new game, Jennifer Hale, receiving abusive messages on social media before posting her own short statement.