I know I have a lot of Twilight fans reading the blog feed. I was very surprised when I opened my favorite Hollywood gossip page and read that Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight, has been fired. Deadline Hollywood ( updating page with new announcements as they come) says “Summit Entertainment Co-Chairman/CEO Rob Friedman just phoned me to say: ‘Catherine and Summit have agreed to part ways on the sequel because our visions are different.’” Within minutes of reading the gossip online, Summit made an official announcement.
I still haven’t seen the movie, but I find this news fascinating. I know that Nikki Reed and Kristen Stewart made it quite clear that Hardwicke was the reason they signed on for the movie in the first place. I wonder how they are taking this news?
As Harry Potter fans know, different directors don’t necessarily effect box office results when a movie/series already has a rabid following. But if any of the actors choose to leave, that might make a bigger difference to the tween fans. Honestly though, my students are obsessed with the character and the stories- not the actors and actresses on the screen. I doubt they would even notice!
Still, interesting news…