As you probably know already Director Catherine Hardwicke Chris Weitz at the helm of Twilight 2, aka New Moon. Such a movie by Summit Entertainment may surprise the fans knowing that the first movie of the Twilight saga was a real success. Let's try to understand why Director Catherine Hardwicke was kicked out of the sequel to Twilight!
Hardwicke cited time restrictions as the reason behind her leaving the project, saying:
That's nice talking but I bet there is more behind her departure.Catherine Hardwicke was really committed to the movie adaptation of Twilight. So I can but doubt that she was willing to hand over the movie New Moon from her own alone...
Before being replaced she once stated the following;
I think Hardwicke was too attached to her job, and somehow was getting more Catholic than the Pope, meaning that she giving too much weight to the book even if Stephenie Meyer herself would allow some change in the sequel to Twilight. Catherine Hardwicke may not have shared the vision of the production company for New Moon: quite sure that Summit Entertainment refocus the plot of the movie New Moon on the romantic vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson), or at least to give more time on screen.
Also she does not have real experience in fantasy movie which is really important for New Moon), and not sure she could manage a real blockbuster budget (following the success of Twilight, Summit Entertainment is indeed more than eager to put a huge amount of cash on the table). That's why they chose Chris Weitz in particular to direct New Moon: he's got experience and does have a relevant experience in fantasy with the Golden Compass.
But trading Catherine Hardwicke for Chris Weitz is a bold move that may backlash. Some fans may react negatively to the change out of loyalty. But what's more crucial is that, with Hardwicke leaving, it's maybe a real understanding of what teens and Twilight fans want that is leaving too... Sure fantasy is important but love is the real core of the Twilight saga.
But I'm confident that Director Chris Weitz will do his best and strive for delivering a New Moon movie that will both uplift the sequel to the status of real fantasy movie with marvelous special effects that were lacking in the first opus, and also respect the legacy of Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight movie, which was centered on characters and love. Chris Weitz knows people are expecting a lot from him:
How do you feel about this director change? Do you think that Chris Weitz has the skills to successfully replace Catherine Hardwicke at the helm of the New Moon movie?