Twilight Director Hardwicke Off Sequel, New Moon

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Catherine Hardwicke, director of the big hit Twilight, based on the mega-successful book by author Stephanie Meyer, won’t be returning to helm the sequel, New Moon.  A director hasn’t been named yet, but we probably will hear one very soon.

I’m very surprised about this, and it reminds me of  Terrence Howard being replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2… No one is safe, I guess.

So what happened?  With Summit Entertainment wanting New Moon to come out in late 2009 or early 2010, the official word from both Hardwicke and Summit is that she won’t have enough time to get things rolling to start shooting it by the start of next Spring at the earliest.  Not only that, but the studio may want to save money and possibly shoot the adaptation of the third book Eclipse, back-to back with New Moon.

I’d be concerned about trying to do even one movie, much less two sequels back-to-back, without so much as a script ready, but they do have the cast and this isn’t exactly Iron Man 2, which has a little bit of a shorter pre-production schedule.

But I’ve been reading that there are some other reasons, that of course aren’t official, but it’s Hollywood, so who knows if they’re true or not?  Anyway, Hardwicke has some serious indie film cred, including Thirteen (I couldn’t watch it–I fell ill due to the camera work) and The Nativity Story.  But she doesn’t have action experience, and that may have killed it.

Harry at Ain’t It Cool News commented that he liked the film, but felt the action scenes were weak, and that he felt Hardwicke’s take on the film was “limited.”  He wasn’t too disappointed to see her go, and even suggested Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break) to take over.  Not too bad a choice, in my opinion, but can she handle the emotional resonance?  Maybe.

I also heard Hardwicke was difficult to work with, but you can say that about a lot of directors, to be honest.  But she’s off the film, and Summit needs to find a new director as soon as possible,  We’ll update you on who that person is, plus any other New Moon news, when it hits!

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

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  1. Good a new director is key for this franchise. I hope that perhaps the script is well written this time and not as moronic as the last one. twilight deserves the best!

  2. If I could list a few things that this need impovment on the director would go under this list. Im glad that the director is being replaced but we need someone who can hold the intesity that this film needs.

    @Todd

    agreed need a bit better script.

  3. Two things i would add to the list are; better action scenes, and better graphics.

  4. @Oscar!

    I havent read the next few books but their is not many action scences because it is a love story more then an action movie. Its pretty much a chick flic except a few guys here and there actually liked it.

  5. I am reading the book and loooove it so far. I tried to watch the movie and it was such a bad rep of the book I couldn’t tolerate watching the whole movie. I’m going to force myself to finish but yes, maybe changing the director will help…

    writing a better script would make a diff too!!! and cut back on the lipstick on Edward okay?

  6. NO NO NO! This is the worst news I have heard for a longgg time. Chris Weitz is the last person I want directing anything that matters to me! For those of you who saw the Golden Compass and liked it, you clearly didn’t read the books. I did, every year since I was 10. They were the most important thing in the world to me. I waited for the Golden Compass movie for 2 years, with realistic expectations. I know that one never fully enjoys a movie based on their favorite book. BUT WTF CHRIS WEITZ!!!? He ruined everything about it(I blame him twice over as he was also the Editor, never a good idea to do both!) He changed major plot twists and ended the film 3 chapters away from the real ending, effectively ruining the moving tragedy. I have hated him ever since. I almost wrote him hate letters, that’s how much I dislike him! His other movies aren’t exactly great cinema either, I mean About a Boy was watchable but do I really want the Director of American Pie Directing the next Twilight?? NO NO NO NO NO! CHRIST WEITZ YOU ALREADY RUINED MY MY FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME< DO NOT RUIN MY SECOND FAVOURITE!!!! As a Twilighter I am adamantly opposed to this decision! NAY I SAY NAY!!!!

  7. I’m ok with a new director, to be fair. Sure, I thought the film was amazing but I think they could get a better director.
    I’m really happy about Chris Weitz, because I both read and saw the Golden Compass and I loved the film as well as the book. If you haven’t seen About A Boy, watch it now. It’s one of my favourite movies of all time. But yeah, I trust Chris Weitz for New Moon. Having read all the books, I know what I’m hoping for.

  8. i’m really glad they’ve got a new director
    i enjoyed twilight while i was watching it but when iw as outof the cenima (each time) i kept thinking of all the things they left out and could have done better
    i know catherine was passionate about the books but i keep thinking ‘did she read the same books as me?’ bella and edward for instance wern’t nearly around eachother enough and never just ‘talked’ like in the books-i was not given the idea that they would die for eachother (i know this is partly down to acting *cough*kristen*cough*)
    but catherine could have done more. she also left out so many of my favourite scenes from the books, in the end theonly thing that kept me in the cinema 5th time round was jackson,ashleey,niki,kellan,peter,elizabeth and charlie(i don’t know who playedhim) i thought they were perfect for the rolls. Rob was good as edward but SERIOUSLY sort yourself out!!
    the admoration of millions of girls (and boys and women and…) are all upon you because you are our link to edward soplease don’t ruin this for ourself and everyone else. yh so back onto catherine
    she missed out all their talks, and the blood typing lesson OMJH!! (oh my jasper hale) how did she miss that out! it was one of themost iconic bits in thebook for me -soo romantic!! and anyway i really hope that new moon follows the book better.

  9. catherine missed many of my favorite scenes!!!and of course she missed the blood typing ,why would she do that?:<its one of the most romantic scenes!!!im so glad they’ve got a new director.i hope it will turn out
    great!!!

  10. omg i love this book. i havent seen the movuie yet just because im only on the third book. what do you think about the movie?? is it better then the book?

  11. Well, I’m surprised actually. I thought that Hardwicke captured the essence of the story and though the ‘bad’ vampires appear a little camp, the film was aimed toward a teen audience. What seems to have happened is that all ages have fallen for the characters, because everybody remembers their first love, and the angst, and rollercoaster of emotions that came with that. This proves that Hardwicke did her job, and did it well. I am worried that Weitz will provide too much emphasis on action, and the electricity between the characters will be lost.

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