Catherine Hardwicke Fired By Summit

Catherine Hardwicke will not be directing New Moon. Press release via DeadlineHollywood: Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced today that the filmmaker will not be directing the next installment in the newly minted TWILIGHT film franchise.

Summit’s targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, NEW MOON, does not work with Ms. Hardwicke’s required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen. Thus as has been done before with many successful film franchises, the studio will employ a new director for NEW MOON.
 
‘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.’‘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,’ said Erik Feig, Summit’s
President of Production.

‘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.’

UPDATE: Summit Entertainment CEO Rob Friedman added: ‘Catherine and Summit have agreed to part ways on the sequel because our visions are different.

Summit’s targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, New Moon, does not work with Ms. Hardwicke’s required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen.’

  • anonymously

    OMG nooo!!
    why didnt theyr just let her do new moon !!
    well i hope the new director makes it like the book
    not something completly different :(
    and well i cant wait for TAYLOR LAUTNER as JACOB BLACK!!

  • anonymously

    .. AND U PPL THAT JUST COMMENT RUDE THINGS ABOUT THE ACTORS AND TWILIGHT.. SERIOUSLY GET A LIFE WHY WASTE UR
    FUCKIN TIME INSULTING WHEN NOONE GIVES A SHIT TO
    WHAT UR SAYING !! UR JUST PATHETIC !!!!!

  • anonymously

    .. AND U PPL THAT JUST COMMENT RUDE THINGS ABOUT THE ACTORS AND TWILIGHT.. SERIOUSLY GET A LIFE WHY WASTE UR
    FUCKIN TIME INSULTING WHEN NOONE GIVES A SHIT TO
    WHAT UR SAYING !! UR JUST PATHETIC

  • K!TTY_K@T

    I like the movie I thought it was done pretty well but not as good as it could have been. I’m actually a little upset it was done by Summit only because it is such a small production company which limits the budgets and these movie are anything but ‘low budget’ especially for the rest of the movies. of course they will probably be bankin’ quickly because of this franchise. I did like Catherine and I was upset that will not do the next but at the same time I think someone else will be able to portray New Moon better and do it justice. I really hope who ever it is will be better because if they are going to switch directors then I want it to be for someone better to take their place not somebody worse. I love Robert and Kristen but I’m not so sure about their chemistry. But I think some of that had to do with the fact that a lot of the scenes from the book where Edward and Bella bonded and fell in love were cut out. There wasn’t enough in the movie to convince the audience of their ‘bond’ if you know what I mean. Also I didn’t like the previews either. if I wouldn’t have read the book then I don’t think the previews would have made me want to watch the movie. Who ever they had do the previews didn’t do a good job. Although it made a lot of money it could have done better, most of the money was fan based if the movie would have been better then the money would have for more than just book fans and it would have stayed at number 1 longer. Oh and who ever mentioned the bad screen play you are totally right. “spider-money”? “my monkey man”? Yeah hopefully the screenplay writers are switched as well. But the cast is perfect. Ashley Greene is absolutely perfect! The actors won’t be switched as long as each cast member agrees to sign on to the next movies. Just because the director changes doesn’t mean the cast will, it doesn’t work that way. Just like in the Harry Potter films only the director changed. Sry this is long I’m in this business so I take it very seriously, film is my passion. I’m a future director/actress/producer/screen play writer, as well. Something I will not like is if the werewolves look completely different in each movie like the way the Dementors changed in the Harry Potter films. that really annoyed me. If anyone shares my interest or my ambitions I would love to talk and share views. I don’t know anyone who talks about film like I do except my sister and it get boring talking to the same person all the time.

  • Anonymous

    good. now can they fire the disgusting robert
    pattinson and annoying kristen stewart? that would be great.
    _________________________________

    robert pattinson makes the movie so much better.
    hes georgeous <3
    and i love kristen!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting….basically it comes down to money. She wanted to take more time to direct the film and Summit wants it done quickly to “strike while the iron is hot”.

    Oh and has anyone else noticed the target dates for “New Moon” release date to come out the same year as HPDH part one, although that’s fall 2010.

  • katbarkit

    YES now maybe new moon may actually be a good movie. Jeez, she messed up twilight, in my opinion.

  • jeorja

    i dont think any of you understand how dedicated catherine has been to this project, she was the one
    that evern had the idea and brought it to life in the first place, and yes i can understand that some of
    the special effects were a bit dodgy but i dnt think
    the movie should be based around “special effects”
    and stunts and magic beacuse then it would relate to much to harry potter and every die hard twilight
    reader knows that it is NOTHING like harry potter
    and should never be compared to it,

    so basically my point was catherine should be more appreciated.

  • Anonymous

    CAN WE GET THROUGH ONE POST WITHOUT HEARING ABOUT THE JONAS BROTHERS!!!
    ____________________________________

    every post about the jonas brothers has twilight in it. or another celebrity soo noo.

  • wow, people are so retarted. a year is enough time to make new moon. that’s what they did with twilight.
    & look how big it got. i don’t know if getting a new director will make things but it’ll probably be different.
    i just wish they would fire kristen. she’s kinda annoing.
    no ofense to anyone who likes her. well i hope all the guys stay the same cause they’re all amazing looking (:

  • eRRe

    OMG!
    im wondering who the new director will be

    she was gr8 on twilight

    i cant wait for new moon
    =D

  • Cheril

    I think this was a smart move. I think shes a great director, but not for Twilight aparently? So many people were complaining about the effects and all of that.

    and she didn’t make twilight number one. The movie would have been popular even if i directed it. hahaha

  • Anonymous

    I AGREE!!!!!

  • Stephanie

    I EMAILED THIS TO YOU!

  • nikki

    totally agree. i luv rob and kristen. he’s fucking sexyyy.

    also they need to keep taylor as jacob. idgaf how but they need to keep him. he’s amazing

  • aura

    i’m not surprised at all. the whole movie had to be
    fixed in editing and you could totally tell. And it was said that all the breath taking shots were because of the art director, not Catherine. I love Catherine, but Twilight was way out of her element.

  • JOANNA

    thank goodness!!!!

  • LaLa.

    OMG ROBERT PATTINSON, ON MSN!!! WEBCAM, SCREEN SHOT!!
    http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/Sexiiiii-x/7777.jpg

  • FUTURE MRZ NICK JAYYY!

    WHO CAREZ.
    I WANT MORE NICK JAY PL3AS3!!!!

    KthxBY3

  • Anonymous

    FIRSTTTTTTTT

  • heather

    this sucks! i love her and she will be miss in NEW MOON.

  • Allie

    omgg.

  • obiwan

    holy fuck this is the best news i’ve heard all day. a new director will hpoefully make new moon such a better movie

  • mileyfan7

    I thought that Twilight was an INCREDIBLE movie, and Catherine IS an incredible director!

    I hope the new director will be as good, or even better!

  • Anonymous

    good. now can they fire the disgusting robert
    pattinson and annoying kristen stewart? that would be great.

  • Shanna

    :(

    Why?! Ugh. This sucks. She rocks!

  • yay me!!!

    =[

  • Jess

    Holy snapple =]]
    Cant wait till new moon, hopefully it has more elements form the book then twilight the movie had.

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    =[

  • http://myspace.com/courteney96 jonaslover

    i don’t really care! lol can’t wait for new moon

  • nicole

    as much as she annoys me, twilight was amazing. they are gonna end up rushing new moon and its not gonna be as good poor catherine DX

  • Jessica J

    thats kinda sad,she did a good job considering that mostly everything in the twilight book was from bella’s point of view.

  • diestupid

    good. now can they fire the disgusting robert
    pattinson and annoying kristen stewart? that would be great.

    _____________________________________________

    well your so kind. what would be great is if you just stoped talking. rpatz is probably looking hella fine compared to your ugly ass. just guessing of course :]

  • team switzerland

    wtf what director will make such an anticipated movie actually decent in basically one year ?

  • milah

    hey K!TTY_K@T im the one that mentioned “spider monkey” i 100% agree with you..crazy but i love the acting biz too i want to be an actress..would love to chit chat wit u about it :)

  • Anonymous

    Don’t care.

  • Mrs. Afton Jonas

    good, she sucked.
    hated twilight.
    awful movie.

    new moon shouldn’t even be going through anyone’s heads,
    after what a disgrace to stephenie meyer that revolting movie was.

  • Anonymous

    Really! They are so gross looking. And they always seem stoned.

  • Anonymous

    GOOOD!

  • Anonymous

    no she cant be fired !
    she made twilight number 1. and now new moon is going to suck.

  • carol.paniago

    OMG
    :/

  • K!TTY K@T

    I like the movie I thought it was done pretty well but not as good as it could have been. I’m actually a little upset it was done by Summit only because it is such a small production company which limits the budgets and these movie are anything but ‘low budget’ especially for the rest of the movies. of course they will probably be bankin’ quickly because of this franchise. I did like Catherine and I was upset that will not do the next but at the same time I think someone else will be able to portray New Moon better and do it justice. I really hope who ever it is will be better because if they are going to switch directors then I want it to be for someone better to take their place not somebody worse. I love Robert and Kristen but I’m not so sure about their chemistry. But I think some of that had to do with the fact that a lot of the scenes from the book where Edward and Bella bonded and fell in love were cut out. There wasn’t enough in the movie to convince the audience of their ‘bond’ if you know what I mean. Also I didn’t like the previews either. if I wouldn’t have read the book then I don’t think the previews would have made me want to watch the movie. Who ever they had do the previews didn’t do a good job. Although it made a lot of money it could have done better, most of the money was fan based if the movie would have been better then the money would have for more than just book fans and it would have stayed at number 1 longer. Oh and who ever mentioned the bad screen play you are totally right. “spider-money”? “my monkey man”? Yeah hopefully the screenplay writers are switched as well. But the cast is perfect. Ashley Greene is absolutely perfect! The actors won’t be switched as long as each cast member agrees to sign on to the next movies. Just because the director changes doesn’t mean the cast will, it doesn’t work that way. Just like in the Harry Potter films only the director changed. Sry this is long I’m in this business so I take it very seriously, film is my passion. I’m a future director/actress/producer/screen play writer, as well. Something I will not like is if the werewolves look completely different in each movie like the way the Dementors changed in the Harry Potter films. that really annoyed me. If anyone shares my interest or my ambitions I would love to talk and share views. I don’t know anyone who talks about film like I do except my sister and it get boring talking to the same person all the time.

  • Anonymous

    OH NO!!!! I HOPE THE NEW DIRECTOR DOESN’T TAKE TAYLOR OUT!!!

  • :D

    HOLLA !

    Now if they can get better script writers.
    Or maybe fire Kristen Stewart.

    She doesn’t act like a good Bella. >.< Robert is fine as Edward.

  • http://hannabethstyle.com hailie

    so basically what theyre saying is summit is so money hungry theyre going to shove a movie that requires a ton of special effects into a shorter time period so they can get the movie out sooner? this is fucking ridiculous. obviously rob and kristen are signed for all 3 movies, but this leaves the rest of the cast, including taylor, in a bad place

  • http://hannabethstyle.com hailie

    no she cant be fired !
    she made twilight number 1. and now new moon is going to suck.

    she also had the best opening for a female director and they fucking fired her! this is beyond ridiculous. im pissed

  • http://hannabethstyle.com hailie

    HOLLA !

    Now if they can get better script writers.
    Or maybe fire Kristen Stewart.

    She doesn’t act like a good Bella. >.
    Robert is fine as Edward.

    um..shes contractually obligated to a trilogy. even so she was great as bella and they wouldnt replace the main character

  • Irene

    noooooooooo!

  • http://hannabethstyle.com hailie

    Really! They are so gross looking. And they always seem stoned.

    no theyre both awesome gorgeous people. get your head out of the disney cloud. go watch wizards of waverly place if you cant deal with the real world

  • JJ

    I know this will sound really mean, but I’m sort of glad that they fired her. I didn’t like how she directed Twilight. Now, they better find a good director.

  • http://www.popseoul.com huuthshhiit

    Fuck yes, I am back. I danced and danced and danced for my dance show, shit asses.

    First of all fuck joe for fucking going out with fucking camille fucking belle.

    Second of all fuck demi for fucking and fucking trying to make me mad and going with fucking alex fucking deleon.

    third of all fuck me for fucking copying my cousin.

    Fourth of all fuck alex delon, camilla belle, taylor swift, and aj, and fucking ugly shit.

    fifth of all fuck alex delon.

    sixth of all fuck that picture OF alex delon and demi lovato.

    seventh of all fuck joe with camilla and taylor.

    eighth of all fuck emma watson and her vagina all together. and plus camilla and taylor and alex.

    ninth of all fuck demi’s efing mind part of which is in my ass because she is or what everybody think she is going with alex.

    tenth of all, fuck joe for fucking is up and messing it up for him and demi.

    And fuck oceanup, id they delete this. But right now, they are not fuck up. But they are if they delete this.

    ANYWAY….GO JEMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    and

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    At frst i was mad, but really Catherine was great for the first movie but for new moon
    Its gonna involve a BIG budget and shes more of an inde director which was fine
    for twilight but prob not for new moon.

    however they should fire rosenburg(screen writer) some of those lines were chessyyy

  • Joyce

    hopefully they can also replace Kristen Stewart along the way…

  • Anonymous

    they should definitely fire the screenwriter as well.
    twilight wasn’t supposed to be corny & cheesy,
    and it definitely was.

    i like cathrine,
    but as somebody already said she’s more of an indie director,
    and she should stick to that.

    i’m happy because now new moon is going to come to life in a better way than twilight did,
    and hopefully the effects will be better.
    (did anyone see that super fast vampire running? yeah, it was terrible.)

  • milah

    trust me twilight made #1 movie because of the fan base that was already behind the books not because of the director.the movie already had so much hype because the books are extremely popular and rob is gorgeous in the movie. im a huge fan of the books and i thought that the movie could have been better.there were some parts that were just akward and thats due to the directing and the script. it wasnt terrible but the director could have done more even with such a low budget to work with. the actors are good for the characters, kristen just needs to step up her acting skills and deliver for new moon. i think firing her was a good move because she’s not an expert when it comes to special effects which new moon will need in the movie. plus she does seem kind of off…have you seen the director in interviews…she’s sort of wacko

  • Anonymous

    all i care about is if taylor lautner stays. hes the PERFECT JACOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • milah

    At frst i was mad, but really Catherine was great for the first movie but for new moon
    Its gonna involve a BIG budget and shes more of an inde director which was fine
    for twilight but prob not for new moon.

    however they should fire rosenburg(screen writer) some of those lines were chessyyy

    _______________________________________________

    100% agree with you. some lines were just awful “spider-monkey” what the hell was that? some parts were uncomfortable to watch because of the lines

  • Arrielle

    Why can’t they ever consider doing twilight as a drama or something? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not miss ANYTHING in the book? =)

  • natalie

    GREAT now fucking replace everyone but taylor!

  • Anonymous

    WHO CAREZ.
    I WANT MORE NICK JAY PL3AS3!!!!

    KthxBY3

    ————-

    SAAAAMMMEEEE

  • Ashley

    omg! i cant believe it! that director was bad and im glad shes out..

  • Anonymous

    WHO CAREZ.
    I WANT MORE NICK JAY PL3AS3!!!!

    KthxBY3

    ————-

    CAN WE GET THROUGH ONE POST WITHOUT HEARING ABOUT THE JONAS BROTHERS!!!

  • LaLa.

    OMG ROBERT PATTINSON, ON MSN!!! WEBCAM, SCREEN SHOT!!
    http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/Sexiiiii-x/7777.jpg

    OMG ROBERT PATTINSON, ON MSN!!! WEBCAM, SCREEN SHOT!!
    http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm34/Sexiiiii-x/7777.jpg

  • Patricia

    Yes! I am so glad she isn’t directing New Moon! To be honest, I think the directing in Twilight sucked.

  • linny

    I’m actually happy she won’t be directing ‘New Moon’
    I adore the movie Twilight, but the only thing she really seemed good at was the romantic scenes. When it came to more of the action, it seemed to have lacked. And wasn’t well done at all.

    In any case, I hope the new director does ‘New Moon’ justice.

  • Anonymous

    OMG nooo!!
    why didnt theyr just let her do new moon !!
    well i hope the new director makes it like the book
    not something completly different :(
    and well i cant wait for TAYLOR LAUTNER as JACOB BLACK!!

  • AnnDreaa–?

    Okay Well As Long As The Movie Is Still Good And As Long As There Will Still Be A New Moon You Know? I Mean Twilight Was Good But Like It Was Not THE BEST But Still Good. :]

    ILU Robert&Kristen ?