After scoring the biggest opening for a female director, Catherine Hardwicke has been removed from the Twilight franchise.
Following Finke’s story, Hardwicke and Summit quickly responded:
“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.” Doesn’t have time? Sounds like a PR cop out to me. Especially because last week she was discussing what she would do with the sequel.
Finke’s sources say Hardwicke and the studio clashed, describing her as “difficult” and “irrational.” Another said the director of photography was behind the visual style, while the editor rescued the film in post-production.
Who knows if that is entirely true, but what is real is the press tour the cast and director are on now. No doubt she’ll be grilled by the media in Europe the next few days as they hype the movie overseas. So far the movie has grossed $160+ million domestically.
I hate to say it, but the franchise and its fans will quickly move on. Twilighters weren’t excited about Hardwicke being a part of the series, they loved the movie because it was an adaptation of their beloved novel. I’m sure they’ll embrace whoever the replacement is, especially if the newcomer is able to deliver the large-scale production the next movie is expected to be. Early rumors were the next two might be filmed back-to-back to conserve costs. The new helmer will need to be able to handle that and the increased special effects. After the cheap quality of the first, New Moon will be better off.