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Catherine Hardwicke Off Twilight Sequel
No New Moon for the director

08 December 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: Variety

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Despite the fact that Twilight is riding high at the US box office, news has broken that the movie’s director, Catherine Hardwicke, will not be returning to direct the sequel, New Moon.

Despite initial reports suggesting that Hardwicke had been removed from the project by Summit Entertainment, a joint statement from the director and the distributor made it clear tonight that the decision had been Hardwicke’s, who had concerns about Summit’s plan to release New Moon, with its detailed CG work, at the end of 2009 or beginning of 2010.

"I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct New Moon," said Hardwicke. "Directing Twilight has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel -- it is a great story."

That it may be, but it’s also a story that poses many problems to any director hoping to step into Hardwicke’s shoes: a general lack of Robert Pattinson’s vampire, Edward, for one. An emphasis on werewolves, for another, as Bella Swan’s friend Jacob (Taylor Lautner) discovers his true destiny. And a large, not terribly cinematic swathe of Stephenie Meyer’s novel in which Bella (Kristen Stewart) basically pines for Edward.

Screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote Twilight, handed in her draft of New Moon on the same weekend when Twilight opened to almost $70 million. It is believed that Rosenberg had solved many of the problems posed by the novel, and Summit were keen to press on with getting the sequel into production like, yesterday.

Hardwicke, though, wanted more time to prep the film and today, after two weeks of intense negotiations, things finally came to a head when she passed. Summit is now seeking a new director to step into her shoes asap.

So, Twilight fans – are you upset by this? Or do you think that New Moon might fare better with a new vision at the helm? If so, who would you like to see direct the sequel? Answers below…


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New Director a Good Idea
I think having a new director is a good idea despite what many people think. I would love to see Steven Speilberg take it up, he's such an amazing director. This book seriously needs a good director. Cant wait to see the finished piece though. More

Posted by *~*Allie*~* at 19:57 on 08 February 2009 | Report This Post

New blood (Pardon the pun)
Although I found Twilight entertaining, it had a few shortcomings. The action possibilities laid out in the book were totally ignored, and there was a total lack of suspense. Not to mention that the effects and the wire work was hopeless. I hope they find someone who can balance the aspect of the internal conflicts with the action sequences, without making it a melodramatic teen flick. More

Posted by AstridOlga at 16:28 on 04 January 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Catherine Hardwicke Off Twilight Sequel
New director announced - Chris Weitz. /link]. More

Posted by Acho at 22:21 on 13 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: the director of The Orphanage
New Moon is, for the most part, very ] dreary. So either way it will be pretty depressing. More

Posted by DouglasG at 18:55 on 11 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: the director of The Orphanage
L: timetravellingkid Bayona an established A list director? Come on! He's just made one little movie in Spain. A very good one, but that's all. And since you want to establish a parallel with del Toro's career, don't forget that Guillermo had to direct Blade II before moronic Hollywood executives would trust him with a big budget. It could be a wise career move, since New Moon will make big money regardless of how good or bad it turns out to be. I truly hope Bayona finds something more int More

Posted by chiropterror at 16:02 on 10 December 2008 | Report This Post

Glad she's gone.
Creative differences or not, it's better that she's gone. If she'd stayed for New Moon it would be close ups of Bella staring at a wall for an hour and a half. There were some nince touches with the camera work, but something tells me it wasn't her that thought of that. Let's hope the next one is less of a joke. *Fingers crossed* More

Posted by Chedderzz at 12:09 on 10 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: the director of The Orphanage
Bayona an established A list director? Come on! He's just made one little movie in Spain. A very good one, but that's all. And since you want to establish a parallel with del Toro's career, don't forget that Guillermo had to direct Blade II before moronic Hollywood executives would trust him with a big budget. It could be a wise career move, since New Moon will make big money regardless of how good or bad it turns out to be. I truly hope Bayona finds something more interesting and personal than More

Posted by timetravellingkid at 00:55 on 10 December 2008 | Report This Post

The director of The Orphanage...
...is too good for for this film...sorry. He is a mini- Del Toro and do you think this sort of thing would be Del Toros bag? You are being unrealistic in expecting an A- B list director, OR an established horror director who is used to dealing in actual horror (not love). You would be more realistic with an up- and coming director or someone with drama/rom-com credentials that havent been fully explored. Not being negative, just realistic. More

Posted by chiropterror at 17:52 on 09 December 2008 | Report This Post

J.A. Bayona is the man for New Moon!
If there's a director out there who can bring out a bang for Summit's bucks, that's J.A. Bayona. His film debut, "The Orphanage" was made for 4 million dollars and not only does it look stunning but is outclasses any other genre film in recent memory (just my humble opinion). Bayona is a master craftsman and an accomplished filmaker capable of blending chills with emotion with a subtlety and elegance that was entirely missing from Hardwicke's "Twilight". I hope someone is cl More

Posted by timetravellingkid at 17:24 on 09 December 2008 | Report This Post

Susanne Bier (Things We Lost in the Fire)... I am going to say first that the fact that it's a woman that they booted out is going to hurt them - as it should not many femle directors don't get big projects and if a man gets the job it will look bad. Miss Bier is super talnted and is able to do sexual tension and loss... New Moon has plenty of that not to mention her incredible camera work. Hopefuly the music is something that they are looking to change as well ;> More

Posted by cece at 05:27 on 09 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: A New Director Couldn't Hurt
If Twilight the movie is awful, you can't put too much of the blame on Hardwicke. She's not exactly working with prime source material here. The books are basically plotless with stilted dialogue and stuff that really doesn't translate well outside of your mind. It's obvious that Summit entertainment don't want to make good movies, they want a cash cow franchise. It doesn't matter how crap the movie ends up anyway (and it will because New Moon was painful) the fangirls will still see it multipl More

Posted by Amelie_Scotland at 20:35 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

A New Director Couldn't Hurt
From seeing Twilight but never reading the books, it seems that the premise is very solid but I don't think it was brought across very well. I think a quality director could make this work. Were it not for the Harry Potter films I would suggest David Yates but as mentioned he is taken. What New Moon needs is a director that can make alot out of even the most modest budget. Maybe Marc Forster could put his print on the franchise. To be honest it won't take a fan of the books to make a good fil More

Posted by Calsterman at 15:43 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

i'm sorry, but good
i was actually completely unimpressed by catherine's directing in the movie. i thought it was weak, disorienting, and in many places didn't get the point across. i guess you can blame a bit of that on poor editing, but when it comes right down to it, catherine is the final word on all of those things. i'd also read an interview with her about her vision for new moon, that made me yell out loud at my computer screen. i only hope that summit can find a director that truly loves the books and w More

Posted by lizzygilly at 14:39 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

Glad she's gone
The woman cant direct to save her life so thrilled to bits she's gone. Without Pattinson's huge appeal the franchise would most certainly be dead. Now give him and the cast a script they can work with. Hopefully they wont follow the book which is a repetitive bore in the middle section. They need to flesh out the Italian scenes between Edward and the bad vampires and maybe show Edward be tempted to drink human blood again. Meyer hints at it in New Moon. The long drawn out friendship between B More

Posted by skiptonch at 12:41 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

Pick a British Director
I saw Pattinson's Little Ashes at Raindance and agree that Morrison sh*t miracles with a tiny budget. Summit dont want to spend much money on the twilight franchise so they need a director that can be creative and Morrison woudl be good. he hasnt got a track record in FX but then there isnt really that much in the book. Werwolves arent appearing every two minutes so I'm sure Morrison could cope. Lets be honest he cant do a worse job than Hardwicke. She was appalling. if Pattinson wasnt such a More

Posted by cazzybbb at 12:29 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

Get Paul Morrison as Director
He did an amazing job on Pattinson's Little Ashes film and with a tiny budget of £1.4 million. The cinematographer and costume designer/soundtrack composer were all top notch too. I'd shuffle the lot in. New Moon is fundamentally flawed as a book. You spend the whole middle of the book wanting the author to head over to what Edward's getting up to. Then when you read second hand that he was trying to get the Volturi to kill him in Italy you definitley feel cheated out of those scenes. I More

Posted by acertree at 11:56 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Catherine Hardwicke Off Twilight Sequel
The article pretty much sums up the problems with adapting ]the book (mainly lack of Edward and mopey Bella). I reckon they should just combine New Moon and ]Eclipse for the films]– about two thirds of New Moon could be wrapped up in 15 minutes of film. The werewolf phasing stuff could be embarrassingly, Van Helsing-ly bad if it's not given enough time and money. More

Posted by Acho at 11:13 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

TIME...
Shame I was looking foward to seeing what miss Hardwicke had to offer us on a bigger budget. My abiggest concern was the fact that they wanted to start filming in march. They need time to do this thing right. Quite frankly what they do need to do is take final cut away form Stephenie Meyer... I read the books and i feel that film could make some amenments to the story and it would be done best w/out her interfierance. More

Posted by cece at 11:09 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

It's a good thing she passed....
...as Twilight was easily one of the most boring and Made-for--TV films i've ever seen. A new director might be just what New Moon needs. Or maybe a decent story?? More

Posted by Seamie at 09:34 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

Meh
If the film was only successful due to it's overly devoted fans seeing it four times each then it doesn't really deserve the attention it's getting. Meh to twilight. More

Posted by Cian1 at 08:48 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

Meh
If the film was only successful due to it's overly devoted fans seeing it four times each then it doesn't really deserve the attention it's getting. Meh to twilight. More

Posted by Cian1 at 08:40 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

Summit Needs to Take TIME and put in money
We've already seen what could happen to a great story, with a great director and script writer, and a great cast, when it's rushed and doesn't have the budget. Catherine is absolutely right in wanting to take time to make New Moon a better film. The only reason Twilight made the obnoxious amount of money that it did in the opening week was because of us fans who repeatedly watched the movie over and over and over during that weekend. It seems the average Twilighter watched the movie 4 times over More

Posted by kctjohnson at 06:50 on 08 December 2008 | Report This Post

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