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New Director for Twilight Sequel

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Director Catherine Hardwicke won't be coming back to do the Twilight sequel, New Moon, according to Variety.

It was a timing issue, says the report.

The studio wants to rush the movie out in 2009 and wasn't willing to give Hardwicke the time that she wanted to develop the sequel script.

In a statement, Hardwicke said, "I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct 'New Moon'. 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."

And the studio issued this statement, "Catherine did an incredible job in helping us to launch the 'Twilight' franchise, and we thank her for all of her efforts and we very much hope to work with her on future Summit projects. We as a studio have a mandate to bring the next installment in the franchise to the big screen in a timely fashion so that fans can get more of Edward, Bella and all of the characters that Stephenie Meyer has created. We are able to pursue an aggressive time frame as we have the luxury of only adapting the novels into screenplays as opposed to having to create a storyline from scratch."

No one's getting in the way of pumping money out (as quickly as possible!) of the Twilight machine!

But, Miz Hardwick walks away with this amazing feat — she delivered the biggest opening weekend ever for a woman with Twilight. Congrats!

[Image via WENN.]

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107 comments to “New Director for Twilight Sequel”

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    FUCK! I just shot myself in the leg!

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    didn't see the first.

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    yes I am second say WHAT? fuck twilight worst book movie adaption I ever saw

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    Re: LettyB Thanks All Her Fans! – Do you know a Dr. who takes cash?

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    Re: harrybalsac – plaxico??

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    Re: ruunie641 – WHAT….NOT!

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    who gives two shits?! boooo

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    Letty - where's my lovin????

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    so it's gonna suck…that's great!

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    THANK GOD! my friend brad and i were talking how they needed a new one for the sequel!

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    Re: harrybalsac – Whoah! Bloody balsac!

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    Ok so my comment didn't show up….I'm sure the sequel will be great no matter what. With the millions they made on Twilight, they can pump more money into making New Moon better!

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    Where's my new avatar, you fucker?

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    Shitty exuse
    Couldn't they come up with something better?
    Hopefully it'll be more disasterous then the first

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    Re: mama of 2 loves her imposter!!!!!Re: LettyB Thanks All Her Fans! – fisrt I find my daddy, now I is a daddy, this shiz be blowin'BBD's mind!

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    YAWN! Morning!
    Hey, Harry, there were some trolls licking up gravy this weekend and it wasn't yours.
    Hi Letty!
    I have a new position, appointed by LG! VP of operations (lobotomies) for D.I.S.S.
    Contact LG for more info.

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  26. CJane says – reply to this


    awesome! maybe this one won't suck! woo!

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  28. 28

    good. the direction in that movie gave me a headache from all of the constant zooming in and out. ughhhhh.

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    Re: Big Black Dick – man…
    it's like a family reunion for you!

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    they have also announced that they are filming New Moon and Eclipse back-to-back starting in March until they get through Eclipse. I would imagine that would conflict with her schedule.

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    Re: SWEETPIECE VP OP of D.I.S.S. – I hope you can git mine out of your fur.

  32. 32

    Good. I think the first half of Twilight was entirely too choppy. I loved the book, but the movie sort of missed the mark in my opinion. Hopefully, they'll be able to do justice to the next two books with a new director.

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    they are also filming New Moon AND ECLIPSE starting in March…shooting them back to back…understanding the scheduling conflicts

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    Re: amymp61 – Yes, that's exactly what I was thinking. Also, it just seemed to gloss over so much stuff, and it jumped from one scene to the next too quickly. You never really got a chance to get to know a lot of the characters or their personalities because they skimmed over everything too quickly.

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    Hopefully New Moon won't be as choppy as Twilight.

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    Re: Mrs R.P ..get it right – FUCK YOU! SHE'S GODDAMN SEXY!!

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    Re: Bevin_C – Shut it

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    This is so sad, she didn't quite, they fired her! They had issues over the budget for New Moon, Summit wanted to give the next movie the same ridiculously low budget as Twilight and Catherine kept saying that she hoped that wouldn't be the case. Catherine did great with what she had and Summit sucks ass!

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    As long as theres lots of Rob,Rob,Rob i couldn't give a fuck who else is there

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    Re: harrybalsac – Why, I like it there.

  43. 43

    I love the movie Twilight cant wate until new moon comes out

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    this is good. there were some flaws in this movie, i think someone else can do better. :)

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    I thinkits more likely she as fired as she did such a bad job but they are letting her save face. As long as we get more Pattinson in New Moon I dont care. Hardwicke did an awful job. Lots of Edward in Italy please.

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    Hardwicke sucked. Summit should get Paul Morrison o nboard who did a fantastic job with Pattinson's Little Ashes film. I saw that at Raindance and Pattinson and the rest of the cast were incredible. The film had a tiny budget but Morrison did wonders with it. Shows what you can do with a good director and script.

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    After reading all the books encluding the 4th, I dont see how they are going to bring them all out and have them look the same age.

    I think they should use a woman director, as I dont really have faith that a male director can translate the love story - its a risky experiment with a sequel.

    Edward doesnt feature in the 2nd book nearly as much as the 1st and the forth book is the were it all happens - everything everyone wants to see, the book with the most change its very X-Men meets Vampires. They have to release that one, they would be fools not to. So considering time constraints on the actors I think they should do books 2 and 3 in one movie and cut down on Edwards time off screne and go big on book 4. Its darker and has more adult themes though so they may lose there target audiance of young girls. But they could pull the men back with that one and keeping the romance would keep the girls entertained too.

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    Didnt Pattinson argue a lot with Hardwicke. He's used to working with good directors like Miek Newell and Paul Morrison and then gets this amateur. Must have driven him nuts. Summit owe Pattinson a lot. They'd better beef up his role in New Moon. I couldnt care less about misery guts Kristen and cocky kid Taylor Lautner.

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    can't wait to see it - its released on the 19th here in UK so we gotta wait ages!!!

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    Thank God they changed her! all my friends and I agreed that the movie could have been better with a different director. Still, the book was 100% better.

  52. 52

    I'd be happier if Kristen Stewart died in a fire before New Moon begins filming.

  53. 53

    so glad there is going to be a new director. that means new moon might actually be good.

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    love twilight cant wait for the 2nd one new moon… its gonna be great!

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    As a girl–its hard to bash another chic's accomplishments–it's not like there's that many female directors around–but good God–Summit needed to upgrade. Hardwicke just doesn't have the chops yet to pull off a blockbuster movie with the type of cinematography needed for this best selling book series. So, hopefully they will be getting a more seasoned director for New Moon (is Bryan Singer available??)
    Here's the rest of my Twilight Christmas Wish List:
    1. New Director–check :)
    2. Better script writing–preferably someone who is actually familiar with the series enough to know which are core/"holy grail" phrases that must be left in. I'm still pissed they left out "Do I dazzle you"
    3. Recast Rosalie –for someone who is suppose to resemble the most beautiful girl in the world–she's got mighty chunky thighs…
    4. Get Jacob a better wig—considering he will be a central character in the next movie…try putting something on his head that doesn't look nauseating
    5. More screen time/lines for the other Cullen characthers (can we say back story)
    6. Edward is suppose to SPARKLE in the sun light–NOT look like he is covered in gym sweat–upgrade on the special effects!!!

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    I'm so happy Summit decided to go in another direction! …literally. The movie has so much artistic potential and it was poorly created. There were so many cringe moments that could have been avoided by different intonations from the actors, different special effects, etc. Hopefully then next movie will be much better.

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    I have to say i am glad- I think that big budget type films are not her forte. They also desperately need a new screenwriter

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    hmm…i don't really know if its a good or a bad thing

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    Thank God!!!
    now maybe they can produce a good movie

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    damnit shes the best! she rocked lords of dogtown!

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    good maybe the next one won't suck

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    my sister & I just saw Twilight for the 9th time yesterday (NOT exaggerating!)…we die-hard fans have shelled out a ton of money to see a less than spectacular movie in hopes that we are buying into better movies for the series in the future…
    I still awkwardly laugh every time when seeing the part of Edward drinking the venom out of Bella's arm…That is such bad film-making–it is hilariously horrible…
    Summit better use the money from this movie's proceeds for better director/script writing/special effects!!!

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    yay! wishes really do come true!!! maybe the second one won't be so horrible and will actually stick to the book without adding extra, unneeded crap….

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    I thought she did o.k. I don't think it's good though if they rush the production of the movies, but I know they have to since the characters can't age. Twilight was good, but nowhere near as good as the book. They left a lot out and added scenes that were good for entertainment purposes but not part of the story. I hope they follow New Moon better…. but I don't know if I can handle an hour of Jacob…. he totally annoyed me throughout the series!!!

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    YAY! I loved Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown, but she screwed up BIGTIME with Twilight. I was so disappointed the end result.

  66. Watty says – reply to this


    The movie was good, but I think Catherine was holding it back. For the fan following, it really needed a big studio feeling (and it lacked that). Hopefully with all of the CGI and a new director that isnt so shaky with shots and weird with camera angles….it will be a lot better.

  67. JCPR says – reply to this


    i don't care who's the director of the movie.. i just want them to hurry up! lol

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    So they are still trying to speed up production?? Hopefully it isn't as shitty as Twilight, because I love that fucking story and they just fucked it all up with that joke of a movie!! I am glad they got a new director- if that was the problem maybe this will be better, though it seems they could not fit a 600 page book into one 2 hour movie, how are they going to fit two 600 page books into two hours??? (New Moon and Eclipse…) Well, I love the Twilight series, so I just hope they get it right this time, and do the story some damn justice! Is it too late for a remake of Twilight with all the damn money they made??? lol… =) But the men they cast were pretty damn sexy, can't complain there…

  69. Lunar says – reply to this


    Hopefully with them putting a rush on things, they won't give up the time needed for quality over getting it on the screen.

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    thank heavens! she destroyed the first film. it didn't debut big b/c of HER thats for sure and repeat viewings were less than anticipated! let's hope hte next director they choose doesn't screw it up!

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    Re: Jenny2 – agreed!!!!!!!1

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    i'm just hoping that because they want to release the movie in 2009 it won't be rushed. i'd rather wait longer for it to come out better.

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    Thank God!! She ruined the story!

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    She didn't go a good job on the first one…time for someone new and better.

  75. k-lee says – reply to this


    It sucks, because you can totally tell that she love these series as much as the next fangirl. I think she did an awesome job in Twilight. I just hope that the new director will have the same amount of passion for Twilight as Catherine.

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    what??! Oh no! I hope the next one doesn't totally suck! She's what kept it so true to the book! FUCK!

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    NOT GOOD….. The only thing that makes this movie bearable is her direction and the beautiful visual of "Forks" aka Oregon coast and the actors. I read an article that they don't want to spend more money on the sequel either… I suspect new moon will look like a bad episode of Tales from The Crypt and nothing will save the horrible dialogue now !!!

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    I didn't understand all the hype about this movie, but I saw it yesterday. Holy crap, that guy that plays Edward is HOT!

  80. Crock says – reply to this


    This is Rediculous! Why change a good thing. Summit is getting greedy- She launched their company and this is how they thank her. The new director better not screw things up!

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    Thank friggin goodness… that movie sucked. Can we get a better director for the next movie? Thanks.

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    good. that's better because i want the movie to come out as soon as possible.
    it would have been different if they changed the cast, now that would have been BAD news

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    noooooo hardwicke was the one who pushed to keep the movie as close to the script as possible!!!! hopefully the next director will do the same…. does anyone know if the same actors other than pattinson and stewart and lautner are doing the next movies?!?!

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    Um, it's because she sucked ass as a director of Twilight, not because of scheduling. She ruined what could have been an awesome film. I certainly hope that Summit uses some of the money they made to find a more competent director for 2, 3 & 4!

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    Re: Bevin_C – Actually no, that's not an official announcement. That was only speculation from Catherine Hardwicke, a long time before the sequel was even confirmed. It's likely, but not necessarily going to happen. It would be smart to film New Moon and Eclipse back to back, seeing as vampires don't age and it would give everyone a fair amount of work to do (especially the Cullens, who are hardly in New Moon). The only one to really do A LOT would be Kristen Stewart. And she needs the practice, she's a horrendous Bella. Ick. I was cringing watching her on screen.

  86. MR says – reply to this


    thank God! the movie was horrible..the acting, the special effects, the way they told the story..i blame her. I really hope the next one is better.

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    "The studio wants to rush the movie out in 2009"

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    i agree i like her as a director but i dont think she was good for twilight she is used to doing films that are not really noticed twilight needs something more they need to contact micheal bay asap he will know exactly what to do with the story

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    Re: Jenny2 – lol i totally agree with you and this needs to be known THE ONLY REASON that girl got casted as rosalie was because cathrine dated her father so its not like she earned the role

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    They definitely need to spend more money on the special effects for New Moon, but I liked the director just fine.

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    No it isn't Metropolis, or Eastern Promises, or Catherine the Great, or a Lion in Winter, but it was a good book and a good film that gave young people the opportunity to read something that was relatively intelligent. People who seem to feel the overwhelming need to call it crap, are those that are afraid of being seen as idiots, when in fact they seem to have created that identity for themselves by repeatedly dissing a film that really has no actual problems. It is incredily sad that they have fired Catherine Hardwicke, mainly because it is based off of the motive to pump out a crappy adaptation of the second book, that will look and feel different, have different continuity, but hey it will be directed by a man so who cares. That is what studios do, and I am sure they will continue to do. It is sad that all Catherine wanted was to put forth a good script and the studios said no. Twilight will never be in my top ten films, but I can appreciate both the films and books for what they are worth. Not everyone enjoyed reading Jude the Obscure when they were 13, so for the rest of the world they need the works of Stephenie Meyer and Hardwicke.

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    I absolutely

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    thank god

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    Well New Moon was he worst book out of all of them, so its not like its gonna really matter who the director is…

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    I love Catherine and what she did with Twilight! I wish her the best of luck for the future!

    I wish she could've directed it, but I have faith that everything will work out.

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    Catherine Hardwicke basically murdered the whole twilight book. she deserves to be fired or so "replaced". It is already set on stones that whoever directs the movie twilight will definitely have a blockbuster hit! I just hope someone will make the newmoon movie better.

    PS Kristen stewart sucks! another addition to destroying the movie. she's fugly as hell, Pot-head!

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    Re: ksotastic – yea me too. she sure destroyed the bella image in too proportions.

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    Re: Jenny2 – i agree with u 100%.

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    Re: Emily_Rugburn – ur exactly right
    it wasn't what i was waiting for since i heard about the movie. i just thought it would have been better than the book but wow my eyes heart and i was so confused n lost. i didn't know what was going on i had to watch it like 4 time to actually get it. i hated the fact that it was jumping from one slip to another

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    Or maybe it had something to do with the HORRIBLE jod she did directing the first one?! Maybe they'll get someone who knows what the hell they're doing and actually do a decent job!

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