Twilight is back on the cover of EW magazine and in this issue they have an exclusive sneak peek to Catherine Hardwickes new book:
This week’s Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first look at Catherine Hardwicke’s upcoming book about the making of Twilight. She had been negotiating a way to direct the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s monster-selling sequel New Moon, and the talks had reached the breaking point. Summit Entertainment offered her a queenly sum to resume her place at the helm – “more money than I or anyone in my family has ever seen,” says Hardwicke – but told her she’d be working with a tight deadline and a modest budget. Regretfully, she told the executives they needed to find themselves a new director. “I was devastated,” she says. “I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie – and to Stephenie and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”
Hardwicke first began discussing Twilight: Director’s Notebook with Meyer’s publisher last summer, and then Twilight went on to gross over $350 million worldwide (so far). “When the movie made enough money, they thought it was worth it,” says Hardwicke. “They said, ‘Now you have three and a half weeks to do it!’ And I was like, Okay, I’m just going to keep writing until they rip this out of my hands!”
Fans continue to whip themselves into a frenzy online in anticipation of New Moon, which is already deep into pre-production under new director Chris Weitz. (Hardwicke notes the irony that her replacement is enjoying a better deal than she’d been promised. “I know the budget they were talking about with me – they’ve already gone way beyond that,” she said.) But she’s done nursing her broken heart. “I’m optimistic that it’s going to be great, and I’m sad that it didn’t work out for me to do it,” she said. “But I’ll do something else cool.”
You can see a sneak peek of her book, Twilight: Director’s Notebook, on EW site here!
You can purchase this issue of EW here!
Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight: Director’s Notebook is now available for pre order at:
★ Barnes & Noble
For info on Catherine Hardwicke’s book check out our previous post: here!
[EDIT] StephenieMeyer.com has the official press release for the book here!
Seth also posted:
Please note: I have not been able to find anyone who is accepting pre-orders for the book, but I will post a link as soon as I find it somewhere.
Pre-order info here!
EW has the first scoop on Catherine Hardwicke’s book Twilight: Director’s Notebook:
Little, Brown and Company will release Catherine Hardwicke’s book Twilight: Director’s Notebook on March 17, just in time for the March 21 release of Twilight on DVD, EW has learned exclusively.
The book will include inside secrets on casting, location scouting, and wardrobe — plus behind-the-scenes photos, personal notes about Hardwicke’s favorite scenes, and more. “With this book, I tried to show fans and aspiring filmmakers some of the process that the crew and I went through filming Twilight,” said Hardwicke
See it here!
USA Today has an article about upcoming werewolf movies and New Moon was mentioned. Chris Weitz said some things about Taylor Lautner as Jacob Black! Check out the article here.
“Director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) picks up where Twilight’s Catherine Hardwicke left off on the production that starts shooting March 23. One of his first tasks on the sequel was deciding to keep Lautner, whose gangly Native American high-schooler in the first film transforms into a hulking giant over the course of the book series as he fulfills his tribe’s destiny.
“Taylor is a formidable guy, kind of a great tool in the toolbox,” Weitz says of the nearly 17-year-old actor who has been working out daily and has packed on 29 pounds, most of it muscle. “In the first movie, we did not see or recognize how dangerous a character he could be.”
As for Taylor himself, “he can kill me with his left pinky. But he is too nice to do that. There is something compelling and sexy about him. He captures the spirit of Jacob.”
Starting February 4th, Film Independent kicks off Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking (formerly the Directors Series), and one of the panelists this year is Catherine Hardwicke! She will also have her cinematographer and editor on some of the panels with her.
The panels are every Wednesday at 7:30 pm at The Landmark Theater (10850 W. Pico Blvd.) in West Los Angeles.
Since 2002, this popular panel series, which continues until March 11th, will provide filmmakers and film lovers the chance to hear from the best indie directors and their collaborators.
For more info, check out their site here!
EW.com is reporting that director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) will be directing the next film in the Twilight franchise, New Moon.
Weitz is best-known for his work with his brother Paul. The two directed and produced American Pie and then were nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay for About a Boy, which they also co-directed.
Read the article here.
Please keep in mind this hasn’t been confirmed by Summit. Yet.
Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, and Perez Hilton, are both reporting that director Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass, About A Boy) has been offered the job to direct the New Moon movie.
See the articles here, and here.
As with all rumors, keep in mind that this is not confirmed.
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.
Summit has just confirmed that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will not be returning to direct New Moon. Official statement:
SUMMIT BEGINS SEARCH FOR NEW MOON DIRECTOR
Los Angeles, CA, December 7, 2008 – Summit Entertainment and director Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced today that the filmmaker will not be directing the next installment in the newly minted TWILIGHT film franchise. Summit’s targeted end of 2009 or early 2010 release of the film, NEW MOON, 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.