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.’