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15 December 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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It's been rumoured for days now, but Chris Weitz has been officially confirmed as the director for Twilight sequel New Moon, after original director Catherine Hardwicke announced that she would not be returning due to "scheduling conflicts".

Instead, the director of About A Boy and The Golden Compass is taking the reins of the film, which faces the difficult challenge of holding the interest of teenage girls without the help of heartthrob Robert Pattinson as Edward, since he spends most of the story buggered off elsewhere. But as the plot has it, it's all for Bella's (Kristen Stewart) own good, as he tries to force her to get over him, and she instead turns to daredevil stunts and Quileute boy Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) for comfort.

Weitz's track record is not unencouraging: About A Boy is a fun character piece, and The Golden Compass certainly looked great - and, lest we forget, had a teenage female lead. But we'll see how he handles this much girlier franchise in late 2009 or early 2010, when New Moon is planned for release.


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My first reaction was to cringe.
Hopefully he can get that character aspect from About A Boy and the look from Golden Compass. I'm torn between liking and hating him; I was so incredibly disapointed with Golden Compass simply because I loved the books. Although I'm not sure it was entirely his fault. He will certainly be under fire from the Production companies for this film, hopefully it will result in something better than Golden Compass. We can only hope. :\ More

Posted by Chedderzz at 03:45 on 20 December 2008 | Report This Post

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The man destroyed the adaptation of The Northern Lights (Re-named the Golden Compass) ending I reckon any chance of the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass to hit the cinemas. He's gna ruin New Moon, and just like that, another treasured series of books is destroyed. ;/ - I'm not a fan of Twilight or it's sequels anywho. More

Posted by I miss the 90s at 16:36 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Chris Weitz Confirmed For New Moon
Well done for him. I am a huge His Dark Materials fan and he seemed a pretty nice and articulate guy in interviews. Sadly, that film was ruined by interferences good to see him getting a second chance, no matter how godawful the source material... Anything that increases the chances of a Golden Compass director's cut is fine by me. More

Posted by Roll at 16:08 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

As Golden Compass was considered to be a flop, then I imagine Subtle Knife is off the plate altogether. More

Posted by britesparc at 10:35 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

The man - the talent...
Well, if it keeps him away from The Subtle Knife... More

Posted by Dr Quinzel at 09:43 on 15 December 2008 | Report This Post

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