Hardwicke Won’t Return for Twilight Sequel

This is definitely one of those, “Eh, the kids won’t even notice” movie news, which has Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke parting company after the twosome delivered the expected mega hit “Twilight” to the big screen. According to Summit, Hardwicke is out (time constraints is the “official” word), and they’re now looking for a new director to replace her for the sequel to “Twilight”, which will be based on the second novel in the four-book series by author Stephanie Meyer, called “New Moon”. Expected to return, though, are Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, after the duo received whopping pay raises for the sequel.

Says THR:

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. Thus, as has been done before with many successful film franchises, the studio will employ a new director for “New Moon.”

The picture, whose start date has not yet been set, will nontheless 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.

Quickly, can you name the directors of the “Harry Potter” movies? Exactly.

Summit is eyeballing a 2009/2010 release for “New Moon”, which has the female lead getting cozy with a teenage werewolf. I wonder if Michael J. Fox is available for a cameo…

Below: “Look, I’m telling you, I don’t know why Catherine left. Stop asking me already!”