Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke must not be too happy about this news. According to Variety, she’s not coming back to direct the sequel to the movie, New Moon. The studio allegedly wants to rush the movie so it comes out in 2009, but that wasn’t enough time for Hardwicke to develop the script.
The studio released the following 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."
Hardwicke also released her own statement, saying, "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."
What do you Twilight fans think about this? Catherine was amazing on the first movie. We also hear from insiders that the studio was unhappy with how much screen time Catherine wanted Rob Pattinson to have in New Moon. In the book, his character is much more limited that the original, but the studio wanted to increase his role to accommodate all of his female fans. Who do you think will step into Catherine Hardwicke’s shoes?