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Catherine Hardwicke Exits Sequel NEW MOON

Rumor mill has the female director getting replaced.

By Jarrod Sarafin     December 08, 2008
Source: Summit Entertainment Press Release


Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward (Robert Pattinson) in Summit Entertainment's TWILIGHT(2008).
© Summit Entertainment

 After Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood Daily reported a rift, Summit Entertainment has confirmed that director Catherine Hardwicke is indeed off the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon. The studio said in a statement that its targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film does not work with Ms. Hardwicke's required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen.

The sequel, whose start date has not yet been set but is rumored for March 2009, will reunite writer Melissa Rosenberg and actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Summit has not named a new director, but it is likely to want to move relatively quickly on the sequel after the original earned nearly $139 million in three weeks of release.

Plot Concept:
"New Moon" is the second installment in Stephenie Meyer's four-book series and also centers on vampires in a small town in Washington state, this time with a more prominent role given to a teenage werewolf.

 

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StarlightGuard 12/7/2008 4:35:40 PM

Yes, let's shoot ourselves in the foot, because we can!

They've gone from the small production company to major Hollywood players! Congratulations, jackasses!

originaldave77 12/7/2008 6:14:43 PM

I think Summit is thinking the movie could have made a lot more money if it hadn't been panned by critics. This film had a built-in audience already, and could have fared a lot better if it was of better quality, and may have appealed to male audiences looking for a good vampire flick. With all the hype surrounding this film, I thought it would do much better.

I'm all for equality, but if you make a film that was full of unintentional cheese, thats a reflection on your filmmaking ability.

And no, I haven't seen this. Along with Punisher, there is zero appeal.

 

 

metalwater 12/7/2008 11:38:17 PM
I saw the film. Its Romeo and Juliet meets Vampires theme, is a direct rip-off of Buffy. That said, Twilight should have been a better film than it is, considering all the hype behind it. The film was overlong...and slow moving...thanks to a redundant series of scenes featuring Bella's parents that went nowhere and added little to nothing to the story, nor did they advance the story in any pivotal manner--no, they just acted as filler? This film also suffered from the need to be too PC!!! Edward is longing for Bella, and she for him...but we get no sex, not even implied??? Hello???!!!  Finally, the fllm needed more action in it, and at the same time, much of the other slower moments of the film, needed to be edited out. If they had trimmed some of the scenes featuring the parents, the older Indian, and that horrible baseball scene, the film would have had better pacing and more room to add in the action scenes the audience was craving for, and thus...it  would have felt more alive. And another thing, there were shots where some of the male vampires in the lunchroom, and Edward in the lunchroom and classroom...looked like they had gas or were constipated...a criticism I didn't want to make outloud...but I have read others say it, and females at that, and I think at least one male? Poorly designed shots like this, that just don't play well, should be edited from the film with extreme prejudice, as they are just plain embarrassing!!! This movie is supposed to be sexy, and pointing to the forbidden fruit, and the age of consent, not campyness, as it is played in parts??? And during the third act of the film, there were young women in the theatre who kept checking their texting devices, and they are the intended audience for this move, and yet, they were bored with the film??? Trust me, the studio should re-cut the film and add some major action sequences and release it as the official cut. Why??? If they don't, I have a feeling the standing cut will serve to hurt Twilight as a brand name in the immediate future when it debuts on DVD, Pay-Per-View, Cable, and broadcast television. They can save themselves all kinds of grief if they just place another 10 to 15 million dollars into this movie, and make it more streamlined and handsome for the aftermarkets. If they fail to heed my advice, those that see it in mass later on, will not show-up in theatres to see the sequel(s). Remember, day two of Twlight at the theatres fell 40 percent, from Friday which is astonishing when you think how fast word of mouth crippled this movie...overnight??? I love the girl who played Bella though, a true discovery!!!  She dominates every scene that she is in and you can feel a passion there. She truly see's Edward as her soulmate and she wants to make love to him, not just have sex...there is a difference, but the urgency is the same animalistic instinct, something of a life or death urgency, because you can tell, through her acting that she cannot live without him, or without his touch, and the moment of first penetration. Sadly they failed to say that, out and out, as it was desperately needed!!! The girl that played Bella single handedly saved this movie from itself, and from its stunningly out of touch and creatively lacking director!!!
samson 12/8/2008 2:45:46 AM

You guys are way off base on this one. The movie was exactly what it was supposed to be. A vampire romance flick for teenage girls. Just like the novel. As a matter of fact, the film was very true to the source material. And all those teeny boppers are the one's seeing the movie, like our grown asses went to see The Dark Knight. Over and over again.They are in the movie theaters quoting dialog ver batem from the book. In other words; Twilight was not made for us. Nor should it have been. I thought it was paced perfectly for it's audience and it source material. Young girlls who dream about falling in love. Not, adult males who want to see an action/horror flick.

Also, they would never have done this if it had been a male director with a successful film. How many Stephen Sommers,  Micheal Bay, etc ... movies do we see, and complain about? Why do these guys keep getting movies? Because they make money. Twilight made money and is continuing to do so.

Bottom line, she probably knew exactly what she wanted to do and did it. A lot of males are threatened by that. Whereas, in a male it's considered "confidence." They did it because she was a woman. Plain and simple. Of course, I could be wrong. There is always more to a story like this. We may never truly know. But think about it, if it were Sommers, Bay, or any of the others, and that movie more than quadroupled it's budget (I heard it cost $35 million to make, I could be off on this) and continues to make money, would they have canned any of these guys?

Samson

needaname85 12/8/2008 3:10:32 AM

This is coming from someone who will NEVER, NEVER EVER see this movie but am a fan of Catherine Hardwicke. Yes, Thirteen is one of my favorites.

She was quoted the weekend the movie came out that she would be planning to go talk to the studio heads about the sequel, but she didn't want anything rushed. She wanted time to plan.What happened? The sequel to this was announced a few days after the first box office report.

Simple as that. Amen to her---don't be surprised if the quality of the sequel is greatly affected because the studio knows that no matter what---teen girls will be there opening weekend. NO MATTER WHAT CRAP THEY PUT ON THE SCREEN!

 

metalwater 12/8/2008 3:49:36 AM
No...I am right. There are now stories cropping up that the director was acting out on set, and that the DP had to ghost direct the film, and was largely responsible for the look of the movie, as well, a female film editor had to save the movie in post. Then there are all those reshoots the film had to go through...and now this firing??? Case closed!!! Read the story: http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/
StarlightGuard 12/8/2008 4:27:07 AM

I seriously doubt that she ripped off "Buff the Vampire Slayer" in any way, shape or form  as she was writing this series.

It looks nothing like a Joss Whedon offering, it certainly doesn't sound like one. "Twilight" is very much a standalone vampire story with its own mythology.

But remember it also has werewolves, and I've heard no comparisons to "Underworld" as it also features vamps and wolves fighting each other.

I think redoing the whole damned story would've been an abuse of the story. You just can't edit stuff out here, and pump up the action there. That's not what the story is. And it would've been a betrayal of the source material, and it's not what the movies' audience was there to see.

I love Buffy, I like "Twilight." I can have both and both can have their own mythologies.

I can't imagine why this simple story is causing such grief and horror among the people who don't even like it.

hanso 12/8/2008 10:46:12 AM

I read the samething Needaname said (she wanted more time, the studio wants an late 09 release/early 10) and what Metalwater said (the director being a hard case).

Don't know which is true, I think it may be a combination of both. 

Regardless I don't care, I'll check this film out when it hits dvd, just like I'll do with Twilight.

almostunbiased 12/8/2008 3:22:02 PM

I don't care about this.

But I do care about Call of Duty: World at War.  Great game.  Better than great.  LOVE it.  I can't even get on this site as much as I used to because I'm addicted to WAW.

metalwater 12/8/2008 5:57:18 PM
To: Starlight Guard<BR /><BR /><BR />Twilight is a loose rip-off of Buffy...i.e. the Romeo and Juliet; vampire falls in love with a human female, treatment of the story. It's Angel and Buffy all over again...and both young people, in or around their highschool years with much of the story circulating in and around the school environment. Buffy lived with one parent and was from a broken home, just like Bella...a girl who's name begins with a B and has the same number of letters in it??? Come on, this is a clear rip-off...the only difference is that Bella doesn't have super powers yet, but they are threatening to turn her into a vampire in the sequel (and you have you super powers for Bella).<BR /><BR /><BR />And then there is Edward's family who are replacements for Giles (the father), Willow (the brunette sister), and the rest of the Scoobies are represented by the family also, complete with supernatural powers like the ability to see the future, etc.??? It is easy for me to spot story outlines and characters when they are taken from other sources and  simply rearranged. Hell, this movie even had its own Spike (the tracker) and Angel's ex, the bad female vampire. Oh, and just like Sunnydale, Twilight has its small town too???<BR /><BR /><BR />Rip-off...rip-off...rip-off!!!
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