‘Twilight’ director out for New Moon

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.




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2 responses to “‘Twilight’ director out for New Moon

  1. christapie

    I don’t think this should be a gender issue either. Like you said, male directors to love stories all the time. Male or female should not matter here. The only reason I can think of that gender would keep coming up in articles is that the fanbase is predominantly female. Still, that shouldn’t decide who directs. I also wish they would stop calling it teen romance. Stephenie Meyer is on record as saying this is a story, not a teen story. Edward is, what, 108? He may look 17, but he has much more experience than that. Bella gets more middle-aged every year, if her own mother is any judge of character. She’s not your typical teen; she’s more mature than most. So why do we keep calling it teen romance when neither of the characters in the romance are really teens? Let’s get a director who will focus on romance and drama between vampires, humans, and werewolves.

    • theswellsavvygirl

      I totally agree with you christapie. The only reason I think it’s being pigeon-holed into teen movie is because the book is meant for young adults females. And most things deemed for young adult females, or females in general a la The Sex and The City movie, is not supposed to be taken seriously. Although maybe it will now because women and girls have now shown they have major box office clout as a viable audience.

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