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Hoping to calm any unrest about the departure of Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke from the film franchise, everybody associated with the vampire tale is speaking up!

The person chosen to helm New Moon, director Chris Weitz just wrote the following letter to the fans:

Dear fans of Twilight, New Moon, Bella, Edward and Jacob,

In the past few days I have been involved in a whirlwind romance with Stephenie Meyers' extraordinary books.

And I am very grateful to have received her permission to protect New Moon in its translation from the page to the screen.

For fans of the books and of the film of Twilight, this may come as an unexpected twist. So I want to write briefly to try to put you at ease, and to give you reason to hope for and expect the best.

For the last decade of my career as a director, I have chosen to make adaptations of complex and involved works of literature. This has always begun with the love of a book and its characters, story, and theme; and it has always involved a respect of and responsiveness to the feelings of other people who loved those books.

When I saw the film of Twilight, I was alternately entranced and left hungry for more. I was also struck by the extraordinary passion for the characters, story and theme that was evident in the people sitting in the seats around me. My job is to live up to that devotion.

Like many of you, I am a fan of Catherine Hardwicke's work. I can't really say much about why she is not doing New Moon because I wasn't involved in those decisions. But I can say that I will devote myself to making the very best and most faithful version of New Moon that can be brought to the screen. To those who doubt that as a male director I can capture Bella's experience, I can only say that emotion is universal and that my work has often involved working with some of the most talented actresses in the world.

For the rest, the proof will have to be in the pudding. But I promise to remain responsive to your hopes and fears.

I thank you for this opportunity and for your faith.

Very best,

Chris Weitz

And Summit Entertainment, the film's producers and distributor, is also speaking out.

They say:

Summit Entertainment announced today that filmmaker Chris Weitz has been hired to direct the second film in the studio's TWILIGHT film franchise. The film, NEW MOON, is based on the second book in author Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series. The announcement was made by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production.

Weitz, an Acadamy Award®-nominated writer, director and producer, has a proven track record working with a broad range of material dealing with youth-oriented characters, fantasy and action. As such, he has the potential to bring alive in NEW MOON the dimensions and depth that fans will demand in the next installment.

Feig stated, "We love Stephenie Meyer's fantastic TWILIGHT series. Thinking long and hard about how to turn NEW MOON into the amazing movie we know it will be, and working with Stephenie Meyer to find the right candidate, we are thrilled to announce Chris Weitz as director of the film. Chris very much understands the world of NEW MOON and has the skill set required to bring the book to glorious life as a movie. We think he will be an excellent steward of Stephenie Meyer's vision."

"I am honored to have been entrusted with shepherding NEW MOON from the page to the screen," said Weitz. "The extraordinary world that Stephenie has created has millions of fans, and it will be my duty to protect on their behalf the characters, themes and story they love. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I will put every effort into realizing a beautiful film to stand alongside a beautiful book."

Weitz previously penned ABOUT A BOY, which led to an Academy Award Nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2002, and adapted and directed THE GOLDEN COMPASS (2007), which was nominated for two Academy Awards and won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. Additionally, Weitz co-wrote the 1998 animated film ANTZ and went on to produce the major box office success AMERICAN PIE and executive produced the film's two theatrical sequels. Weitz also produced IN GOOD COMPANY starring Dennis Quaid and Topher Grace and executive produced AMERICAN DREAMZ starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore.

And, not to be left out….

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer herself has addressed the issue.

She says:

Hey guys,

There's been a lot of worry and speculation on the boards lately, and I want to let you know what's going on.

First of all, like you, I'm sad that Catherine is not continuing on with us for New Moon. I'm going to miss her, not just as a brilliant director, but also as a friend. She has such a distinct, authentic voice that did amazing things for Twilight. I'm looking forward to every movie she does in the future.

And she didn't leave us empty handed. We still get the benefits of her amazing casting and the beautiful visual world she created. This foundation puts us in a good place for New Moon.

Summit Films is moving forward with a new director for New Moon. They've asked Chris Weitz, director of American Pie, About a Boy, and The Golden Compass, to join us, and I am very pleased to announce that he's agreed to be a part of our Twilight world. I've had the chance to talk to Chris, and I can tell you that he is excited by the story and eager to keep the movie as close to the book as possible. He is also very aware of you, the fans, and wants to keep you all extremely happy. (Torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary.)

I'm excited to work with Chris and I think he brings a lot to the table, not the least of which for me is that he wrote the screenplay for and directed one of my favorite movies of all time, About a Boy. I'm really looking forward to seeing his vision for New Moon.

And there you have it!

Make ya feel any better????

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184 comments to “Attention Twilight-ers”

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  1. 101

    HELL NO, IT DOES NOT MAKE ME FEEL BETTER! I DON'T CARE WHO'S DIRECTING THE FILM, WHAT'S WITH TAYLOR LAUNTER? ARE THEY STILL CONSIDERING FIRING HIM? UNTIL IT IS CONFIRMED THAT HE IS IN, THEN I WILL NOT FEEL BETTER.

    FUCK SUMMIT!!



  2. 102

    Yes much better but are they still keeping Taylor???

    TEAM TAYLOR



  3. 103

    no perez, i'm not feeling any better.
    what about taylor lautner being jacob!?



  4. 104

    YAY. i DO feel better.!!!!!!



  5. 105

    I'm somewhat relieved that the people involved with the project have made public statements about the switcheroo regarding directors, but I'm not quite settled about the whole "who's playing Jacob" thing… Do NOT fire Lautner. I'd be really disappointed.



  6. 106

    fuck new moon. that book pissed me off.. and i'm not a fan of jacob whatsoever… can we just skip this movie altogether? i wanna see more of rob pattinson… not douchey bella and jacob shit.



  7. 107

    Re: veggie – So why even comment dipshit???



  8. 108

    o boy, another crappy movie adaptation of twilight series, O BOY!



  9. 109

    Twilight a match, that shit stinks



  10. 110

    Re: Milky Milky-Ambassador to Canada – Afternoon beautiful cow - WTF goes on in here - I go away for a weekend and come home and this moronic imposter has got everyone all upset. Not sure who anyone is - well except you. Whoever it is seems awfully upset that people in here had friends - maybe because "whoever" they are doesn't have any friends . . . awwww so sad. It's a bit like the nerdy kid at high school who comes back with an arsenal and wants to kill everyone because "no-one was nice to me". Same with this fuckwit - obviously incredibly jealous of the closeness that you guys all have and just cant live with it.
    Hang in there Milky, Monkey, Sweet, LG, Letty, BBD and all the others - you're all fairly easily identifiable as individuals - just stay true to your form and everyone will know its you. This fuck knuckle really hasn't got a clue.



  11. 111

    I'm glad Chris Weitz spoke out, now we just need to know if Taylor is getting replaced!



  12. 112

    maybe the next movie won't suck as bad.



  13. 113

    Only slightly better. I think I'll feel better when they say they are keeping all the cast. Rumors have been flying that they are getting rid of the entire cast, except for Rob and Kristen. I just want them to do the book justice, much like they did for Twilight (maybe even better!).



  14. 114

    If they don't keep Taylor Lautner as Jacob it's gonna suck.

    Also, whoever said to cast Megan Fox as Bella…what the fuck? You must've not read the book. Megan Fox doesn't fit Bella at all.



  15. 115

    Gosh, EDWARD CUllEN IS AMAZING. L0L. I WAS SO INTRIGUED BY THE CHARACTER & THE ACTOR. HEHE.



  16. 116

    Who cares about New Moon, Jacob sucks. I'm ready for Eclipse!

  17. Gram says – reply to this


    117

    I do not see how ANYONE thinks that guy is hot. He is so effing disgusting and dirty. Weird face, goofy ass hair, ugh.



  18. 118

    robert pattison…wow..(*faints*)….he's so sexy!



  19. 119

    The guy isn't hot. The movie is pretty dumb. Quit screaming like a little emo school girl about it!



  20. 120

    hi so ….

    the director of american pie?? normally that would be amazing but the thing is .. twilight isn't supposed to be funny esp the 2nd one .. the 2nd book in the series is so sad bc edward leaves bella and she goes into a depression



  21. 121

    MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. TO THINE OWN HAND BE A DAGGER. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THINE EYE BEHEST THE ONCE AGAIN



  22. 122

    I must admit I was skeptical about the Twilight movie but at this very moment I am watching it and wowwww the love story b/w Bella and Edward is really heart stopping! I seriously was expecting it to be a retarded movie but it's actually not that bad. Edward is kind of ugly IMO, but the love story is captivating and that alone gives me reason to watch it.



  23. 123

    i think they did a good job picking Chris Weitz, since there will most likely be more animation (the wolves). if only catherine and chris could work together….

    and i seriously hope Taylor returns! i won't see it if he doesn't!



  24. 124

    If Hardwicke was the moron who cast that styrofoam piece of shit as Bella, someone should have shot her as she was walking out the door.



  25. 125

    I still want them to keep Taylor as Jacob!!!



  26. 126

    Well…I trust him…he will make a good movie
    To be honest I hope the thing about Edward having more time on screen is true, because otherwise I'll just skip to the end of the movie…I am not in the least interested in Jacob and his relationship to Bella…well…at least if they keep this actor, he's cute…then maybe I'll watch that part too…hmmm…we'll see…



  27. 127

    we'll see…. nice pic xd



  28. 128

    As long as they keep the same actors as in Twilight, I'm fine with it.



  29. 129

    OMFG! I TOTALLLLLLY AGREE WITH 'CELEBGABGIRL'! ^ (comment #106)
    UGH! NOT A FAN OF JACOB! New Moon pissed the SHIT out of me! I cried so hard the whole way through and by the end of it my voice was gaone from screaming at Jacob the whole time to FUCK OFF! Same with in Eclipse! UGH if i had my way I would ELIMINATE Jacob all together. He seriously ruins the whole series for me. It would be a wayyyyyy better series without him. Ugh, i can't stand him. And he needs to get it through his head that HE'S NOT HUMAN EITHER!! so he should stop hating on Edward! UGH! I'd take a vamp over a wearwolf any day!
    pumped on chris as the director though! I like his work, except the Golden Compass had a terrible ending! But he should be good for New Moon, movies are never as good as the books anyways so he can't butcher it toooooo bad. Will he be staying on for Eclipse as well???? Beacause I know they are filming New Moon and Eclipse back to back….



  30. 130

    yeah,that sort of make me feel better.
    if he want's so keep the movie as near to the film as possible he can't make that much wrong.



  31. 131

    this is very good news!

    thanx for posting!



  32. 132

    rpattz is twilight



  33. 133

    No, what about Jacob? :(



  34. 134

    Yes, it makes me definitly feel better that Chris Weitz seems to care enough to write a personal letter to the fans. I hope that isn´t just an empty promise and that he will stay true to the book and he will work close with Stephenie Meyer! I give him a chance altough I´ll miss Catherine´s enthusiasm…



  35. 135

    NO, this is not ”'Jason Stackhouse”' from ”'TrueBlood””. This dude doesn't even compare. Now give me his sweet ass, with no shirt.
    Update on Caylee Anthony: Cops are saying it's her, body frame and hair the same. Grandma Cindy and Granpa George aren't saying anything. Funny how they never shut up before and now, nothing. Just for the record, I watched those grandparents everyday on the news for 5 months, and NOT ONCE DID I SEE A TEAR FOR LITTLE CAYLEE. All I saw was them getting mad at protestors. Speaking of protestors, one of them put up a memorial rememberance on the street in front of the Anthony house and Casey's stupid fucking brother came outside yesterday and ripped it down. That motherfuckering family didn't care about that kid at all. Fuck them, they should all burn in Hell. Charges could be pending for the grandparents for lying..I hope so!!Heartless bitches.



  36. 136

    I'm really glad that Chris will be directing New Moon ! Hopefully, he doesn't say all this 'I will be as creative as I possibly can and stick to the concepts of the book being translated from book to screen' kinda crap will every adaption he does. I personally diddn't like the book itself of The Golden Compass, but the movie looked good, directing wise. I personally think the WHOLE cast of twilight is amazing, and even though I love Rob, they'd better keep taylor as jacob. He's awsome. I'm just hoping that they won't be combining New Moon and Eclipse as I heard before, cause it'll suck. But yeah. :)



  37. 137

    This Product Is Soooooo…Lame!

    Those books are even worse!!!

    The Miley Cyrus of Vampirism.

    Pure & utter crap for preteens and fems.



  38. 138

    I just finished reading the twilight series in three days yes ignoring everyone,I knew I was addicted by the time i was in page 251 on my first day of reading. anyhow, I have not seen the movie just yet.Im glad things got situated but I cant bare to think new moon is way better then twilight,im geting the next book for xmas.I read the whole article and stephenie meyers pretty much made me feel warm like emmet does in twilight. lol love you thanks for the useful artlice perez muah



  39. 139

    theres no way you can shorten it because its what those ppl said….dont read it doushe…and im reallly glad you put it up thanks…and whats up with that pic who are those people in white??



  40. 140

    I hope he's good.



  41. 141

    oh wtf…….maybe i'll read it………or should i just see the movie



  42. 142

    come on, they have not started filming new moon and everyone's throwing shit to this guy chris
    see the movie whenever it comes out
    make sure that new moon live ups to the book.
    and then love it or hate it
    twilight was very different from the book, i didn't like it
    lets see what this guy can do with new moon



  43. 143

    I never doubted them, I'm excited to see what he can bring to the table. Seeing as he's going to be doing the most boring book in the series (in my opinion), I want to see how he conveys Bella's inner thoughts for two thirds of the movie. There's also a great oppertunity to create the world of vampires in Italy, so he'll have fun with that.



  44. 144

    .
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    Anybody knows what time Perez usually wakes up on Sunday morning?



  45. 145

    I'll only feel better when I know that Taylor Lautner is coming back as Jacob Black. :\
    Honestly, how do they plan to replace him? Everyone already sees him as Jacob, if they switched, it'd just look stupid.
    But…good for Chris Weitz?



  46. 146

    ORCHIDGIRL…#144……hi girl…….i'm pretty sure he's up and at 'em……but more interested in busting up his imaginary clique than pouring us some juicy juice………..i'm convinced he's the one behind the mayhem…….fuck knuckle (hehe…good one mistress) won't let me post any replies now



  47. 147

    SPOILERRR*Dont read if you havent read the 2nd book

    In the end you really gotta think of it like this..
    The movie isnt gonna be all that great because most people like the relationship between Edward and Bella..and like the whole book Edward is gone(gotta say it was very depressing lol) so as long as they pump up the scenes where edwards there..and not make everything between Bella and Jacob all lovey dovey..i think people will be happy.



  48. 148

    Sexy as usual… Love you RPattz! =)



  49. 149

    All I have to say is he better get it fucking right.



  50. 150

    ahaha "torches and pitchforks will not be needed"…
    but if this guy fcks it up, all the teen girls will beat his ass.



  51. 151

    Thank you for giving us such a detailed report!! I, along with many other fans cannot wait to see what they come up with in 09. It's incredibly funny to see all the non-twilight fans that have read the entire article…all I can say is HA! HAAA! WTF did you read it for moron, if your not a fan?? Thanks again Perez for the update. YOU KNOW WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!! ;)



  52. 152

    I think there is way to much change happening on the set of New Moon and if the movie isnt as good as Twilight-I will be pissed! I dont really like the book, because Edward isnt in it as much, but the movie better be kick-A for what it is!



  53. 153

    i actually feel pretty confident in Chris being the new director.
    i will miss catherine a lot.
    she did a wonderful job and i loved every second of Twilight.
    but im excited to see what Chris has up his sleeve.

    i cannot wait until New Moon.
    as long as we replace Taylor Lautner….things will be great !



  54. 154

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  55. 155

    the new director is a great idea! the bad part is the rushed script and VERY minor increase in budget even though they increased actors salaries and need mroe visual effects for this film! i think their greediness to release it quickly and make more cash could ruin the writing and the quality of the movie. fork up some cash summit!



  56. 156

    Why is the Volturi behind him?!



  57. 157

    They aren't getting rid of Taylor Lautner, are they?



  58. 158

    Twilight was a fake ass cheap movie. I didn't even read the book and It felt like torture having being able to sit through that whole shitfest. Trust me, the sequels are always worse than the originals. And THANK GOD they got rid of that Taylor Lautner dude !!!!!!! He was a fuckin ugly pig with no acting skills AT ALLL!



  59. 159

    i love twilight!!~!!!!!



  60. 160

    I'm so glad they chose Chris to do New Moon! Catherine is great, but she screwed up Twilight big time.



  61. 161

    i'm not surprised at all by these letters. what did we expect them to say? of course they're going to say "we care about the fans….the books are amazing…yadayadayada." i honestly think we cannot know how well he'll do with the movie until it is complete. honestly, i think for most the director is inconsequential–unless he totally fucks it up–people are going to see the film because the books and the actors have such a following. i will see it regardless for rob–and because i like the books.



  62. 162

    i think its good hes not going to change anything. i thought twilight was alright but could have been better. I think he will do a great job but i also think new moon is going to be hard to screw up.
    i can't wait to see it but i wish they wouldn't rush into things. they need to take their time and make a quality movie!



  63. 163

    That doesnt make me feel better at all actually. Blah blah blah….I dont care what other movies the guy has done. Its all changing too much now. I sware…if they dont keep Taylor Lautner, all hell is gonna break loose. Its being ruined. In my oppinion.



  64. 164

    Yay! thank you perez this deffinately makes me feel better but i hope taylor stays as jacob!



  65. 165

    If they get rid of Tyler L. I'm still gonna get mad



  66. 166

    I want to know if they are gonna recast Taylor or not!



  67. 167

    Perez, thank you!…those of us who are educated appreciate your concern for detail



  68. 168

    I hope Weitz does a good job with NEW MOON. I was disappointed with TWILIGHT… but the movie is never as good as the book.

    Also, does anyone else think the creeper to the right of R-Patz looks like Billy Zane? haha



  69. 169

    I hope he does a better job than Catherine. I was left reeling with how she cannibalised the book in the movie adaptation. and can someone please draw a bit more emotion from Kirsten Stewart! it was like watching a toad having an enema!



  70. 170

    =]



  71. 171

    Ok, I don't think it is fair to villafie (sp) a director when the source material is really tween romance fodder. Ther is no fixing a story which includes a female lead with no back bone and a lead vamp that says " you're my own brand of heroin" seriously…as bad as George Lucas in the last three star wars …. the indian werewolf shit is the onky thing that makes these books bearable and the studio won't spend any $$ on it so that should pretty much ruin the next movie with or without a director of any calibur



  72. 172

    *phew*
    that did made me feel a little better =)



  73. 173

    yess :D



  74. 174

    Fuck them.



  75. 175

    what about taylor lautner? [jacob black] IS HE COMMING BACK???????????? HE BETTER



  76. 176

    Jason Stackhouse aka/ Ryan Kwanten
    …………iz da new zhit…..got dat???????????????……………..
    I luv him.♥



  77. 177

    Well, a new director does give me a bit of hope that the next movie will be better, although i'll still doubtful after looking at the Golden Compass reviews..
    I just watched Twilight today (it just released where i live) and it was…quite bad. There were some super weird scenes, seriously!

    I really hope the director will do a better job with New Moon.
    Oh, and they better not replace Jacob! I'm okay with him, but they shouldn't replace one of the characters that has already left a mark on the movie! If they do, get ready to be attacked by a herd of girls.



  78. 178

    I hope Chris Weitz follows through on what he says and sticks to the book. I'm not a fan of the whole Bella-Jacob thing either, but that is the story and the way it was written. I will be excited throughout the whole movie to see how the end in Italy turns out! That will absolutely be the best part of the movie!!! Chris had better do a good job!



  79. 179

    i feel better XD



  80. 180

    stephenie meyers sucks and should have no say in how this next movie is made. and if they make like about a boy im going to be ripshit.

    make it like the golden compass. as epic as possible.



  81. 181

    yes i feel better. i really liked catherine tho.



  82. 182

    i guess it makes me feel a little bit better but I'm still worried about Taylor Lautner. And if every body isn't careful and they recast Jacob then their will be torches and pitchforks.



  83. 183

    At it's a relief to know they are all okay and excited with the new director.

    Hopefully it's not a bust, cause i'm pretty stoked there's gonna be a New Moon.



  84. 184

    Re: veggie – Reading the Twilight Serious is honestly the best thing i think i have ever done in my entire life.
    i think you should try it before you judge it:)

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