Catherine Hardwicke Speaks Up About Leaving ‘New Moon’

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twilight directors diary Catherine Hardwicke Speaks Up About Leaving New MoonAnother week, another Twilight tidbit. It’s becoming a tired trend, but this piece of news might rain on the vampire parade. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke recently talked to Entertainment Weekly about her “detailed on-set journal” that she kept throughout the filming of Twilight, but she also mentions why she turned down the sequel, New Moon.

When it was announced, that Summit Entertainment would be pushing forward with New Moon, it came as no surprise, considering how well Twilight did at the box office. However, the proposed release date for New Moon, November 2009, raised some eyebrows. Although principal photography on Twilight only took 44 days and wrapped May 2, 2008, the film was still ready for release on November 21 of last year. That schedule is the same for New Moon, but this time around the shoot includes a two-week stint in Italy, werewolves and a new director.

Here’s what Hardwicke had to say about the limited budget and strict timetable set forth by Summit for New Moon:

I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie – and to Stephenie [Meyer] and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.

Negotiations hit a breaking point, even though Hardwicke was offered “more money than [she] or anyone in [her] family has ever seen…” Working on the tight deadline and with a modest budget would be too difficult, she felt. Hardwicke claims she was “devastated,” but her new book, Twilight: Director’s Notebook, is meant to be a fun farewell, including her doodles and ideas scribbled in the margins. Hardwicke also remains optimistic about how New Moon will turn out without her at the helm, and claims she will move on to “do something else cool.”

Twilight: Director’s Notebook is available March 17 but you can check two pages online at EW. Twilight arrives on DVD March 21, 2009, and we shall see if Chris Weitz can deliver a New Moon on November 20, 2009.


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  1. Yah, I read about this on stephanie’s site too. It looks like a really interesting book, but I’m kinda disapointed with katherine hardwicke… She did a wonderful job with twilight, and it seems sad that she’s just giving away the chance to direct new moon. It seemed like she really understood what was going on in the book… Hope the new director does too..

  2. I think katherine hardwicke did a terrible job with twilight in the first place. im glad that shes not involved with new moon.

  3. I loved the movie Twilight. Yet I do think that it absolutely sucked. If that makes any sense… although I know it doesn’t. It’s just impossible for me to not love the movie. But everything was different from the book!! None of the characters were developed at all!! Bella was supposed to meet Alice before she goes to their house!! And the meadow, don’t even get me started… It’s gonna mess up New Moon I’ll tell you that.
    I’m excited for the new director, I think it’s a good idea to get different directors showing a variety of techniques and styles “playing up the field” :)

  4. She can’t leave =[
    she did an amazing job on Twilight
    I hope New Moon is great though


  6. at least she didnt say yes, then go ahead and mess it up just for the money. can you imagine it then?
    no film.
    and everyone would be mad and upset.

  7. no no no no . . .

    she KANT LEAVE shez so amazing NO..

    i wont let this happen
    im going to the new moon set and
    forcing her to stay. .

  8. Okay, after seeing New Moon. I liked certain parts. I did not like how some of the characters style and hair chAnged, how gay some parts were like Edward and Bella running in the forest. I give New Moon a c/ c + at best. It is now my strong belief that New Moon would have taken on a different style and edge if Catherine had directed it. Then again I will never truly know… Unless she directs the next movie :)

  9. yes she did a great job no doubt the way she had plotted the movie and the sets its really amazing but disappointing too wen heard new moon not being directed by her… jus wanna say best of luck for new projects.New moon would have missd u a lot.i bet.

    god bless

  10. do remember that Catherine Hardwicke is responsible for all the initial casting, whether you like her direction or not, she certainly got the characters

  11. Catherine Hardwicke was a terrible director! She diverted Twilight in many key points from the book, made SO Many visual mistakes in the movie it is laughable. Ex: Edward often did not have his ears, neck, hands match his face color, the crew and equiptment could be seen in reflections and litter, props were not correct (ex: car license plates were often not WA but OR when they were suppose to me in WA, flags were upside down or for countries no longer in existence, clothing was off when it was suppose to be from same day/event/scene, x-rays were of wrong body part for the discussion, signs in hospital were off for a small hospital,etc), a good director would have had an eye for this/the details. It was a VERY GOOD THING THAT SHE WAS REPLACED, – She can boast her claim that money negoitation were the reason she did not come back for New Moon bottom line I am sure it was that it was known/seen just how awful she was as a director.

  12. She did a very good job on twilight , in my opinion New Moon was the Worst out of all the films they were all great, i wish she would’ve stayed but it happens i really hope Stephenie Meyer will release Midnight Sun because it’d be an amazing story to see Edward’s POV also imagine an Edward’s POV of New Moon ?! Long Live The Twilight Saga!