Summit has updated The Official Twilight Movie site with a statement about the recent events.
As most of you have already heard, Catherine Hardwicke will not be returning to direct NEW MOON.
Summit and Catherine worked hard to make schedules work, but ultimately the decision to bring the fans the next chapter as soon as possible would not fit with Catherine’s schedule.
We will miss Catherine’s involvement, but please know that Summit and Stephenie Meyer will make sure the next director to take the reins will have the same devotion and respect for the property and the fans.
It is our priority at Summit to make sure the TWILIGHT saga proceeds with the fans in mind.
We appreciate the overwhelming support you have given us, and look forward to working with you on NEW MOON.