Catherine Hardwicke Says Goodbye to "Twilight" Franchise! 


OMG X 10! Director Catherine Hardwicke better get use to helming cardboard cutups of his "Twilight" leads like the one shown above because she's no longer attached to the franchise!

After being crowned the first female director to have a film open huge at the box-office ($70.6 million opening), Hardwicke said goodbye to Summit Entertainment and the franchise!

Here's what happened in bulleted form:

*** Both Summit and Hardwicke revealed that the production company's plans to rush the second installment, "New Moon," as one of the reasons for the split.

*** Hardwicke, apparently stinging from all the negative criticisms from critics, yes, including me, wanted more time to work on the script by Melissa Rosenberg.

*** Hardwicke formally passed on the project Saturday.

*** Summit is supposed to be looking for a new director WHILE waiting for Hardwicke's answer.

*** According to Variety, Summit and Hardwicke couldn't agree on how to handle the second book. Why? It's more about giant werewolves than vampires, PLUS, Edward (Robert Pattinson) is pretty much not in the story the whole time because he leaves Bella (Kristen Stewart) in order to save her. But of course, Team Edward must be satisfied, hence, Rosenberg created a plot device to bring in more of the teenage vampire.

Miss Hardwicke said goodbye via Variety:

"I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct 'New Moon,'" said Hardwicke. "Directing 'Twilight' has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel -- it is a great story."


Okay, I adore Hardwicke, but as I've said before, I think her best film is still her first, the brilliant "Thirteen." And that one has a great script!

So maybe, just maybe, what about Miss Rosenberg? Does Summit really think that Rosenberg is the scribe du jour for the franchise? Should they also try other takes on the script from other scriptwriters?

Look, you may not like Hardwicke, heck, you may even hate the leads -- Pattinson and Stewart -- but a great film always start with a great script, first and foremost!

So while we're in the re-shuffling of the "Twilight" franchise, I suggest, let's look for other scriptwriters as well! Let's start fresh, and perhaps, save this franchise before it becomes bad.

The "Twilight" series gets deeper and darker as the story progresses, so taking a cue from the super-successful and far more superior "Harry Potter" franchise, let's experiment with the script and the direction, and movie magic will follow!

NOTE: "Harry Potter" has an intelligent scribe behind it, Steve Kloves, who wrote the screenplay of all the "Potter" films except for one, last year's "Order of the Phoenix," and that film wasn't as good as the other later "Potter" movies. So Kloves was able to delve into J.K. Rowling's world, I'm still not sure Rosenberg really gets "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer. Just a thought!

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