The search is over. A new director has been found for New Moon. Summit Entertainment have announced that The Golden Compass director Chris Weitz will be replacing Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke for the sequel. This comes just a week after it was revealed that Hardwicke wouldn’t be directing New Moon due to timing issues.
“I am honored to have been entrusted with shepherding ‘New Moon’ from the page to the screen,” said Weitz. “The extraordinary world that Stephenie has created has millions of fans, and it will be my duty to protect on their behalf the characters, themes and story they love. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I will put every effort into realizing a beautiful film to stand alongside a beautiful book.”
The swift replacement is not surprising. Summit plan on releasing New Moon at the end of next year, which means they will need to start shooting in the upcoming months. Apparently a script has already been turned in, which suggests things should be fine time-wise. However, will all of this rushing around create a crappy film in the end? Rushed movies hardly ever turn out great.