All the twihards have probably heard the news and have been deciphering it ever since, but for those not as obsessed, news came down from Summit this week that Catherine Hardwicke will not direct ‘Twilight’ sequel ‘New Moon’.
I have read a lot of articles on the topic and mostly I think it boils down to the fact that Hardwicke and the studio had creative differences. She seems like a very take every scene and throughly analyze it type of director. Which is fine, except our vampires are not supposed to age, so the sequels need to be made quickly.
Is Hardwicke’s departure a gender issue, like every magazine wants to paint it? I certainly hope not and don’t think so. There is some reverse discrimination going on here. Why can’t a man direct the ‘Twilight’ sequel? Men write and direct great love stories all the time.(HAS ANYONE SEEN THE NOTEBOOK?!) Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge, Australia) comes to mind. Men are half a love story anyways and deserve an equal part in how they can be told. Saying a man can’t direct a love story is like saying a woman can’t direct a sports movie, it’s a blatant double standard.
It’s like saying Hardwicke’s accomplishment of having a hit film is nothing more than because she is a female who brought to life a female driven story. And only a female can understand the confusion of falling in love. Hey folks, perhaps, now this may be a crazy idea, she’s just good at her job. And the way she works doesn’t coincide with the way Summit wants her to.
I’d be extremely interested to see what a male mind could bring to ‘New Moon’ because it is an angry self-loathing book. Bella is so full of angst and everything is not picture perfect. I’d wish everyone would stop making it a gender issue. Fresh perspectives are always welcome.