Catherine Hardwicke responds to reports regarding her next directing gig

Earlier this week, The LA Times reported that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke may not direct the adaptation of the best-selling novel If I Stay for Summit Entertainment, opting rather to spearhead Leonardo DiCaprio’s adaptation of Red Riding Hood for Warner Bros. (DiCaprio is producing through his Appian Way label.) However, it seems that Hardwicke is juggling these two projects in addition to Overture’s Hamlet starring Emile Hirsch, and none of them are that close to receiving the “Go” order. Hardwicke tells EW.com, “I love all three of these projects. I’ve done drawings, location scouts, trailers, budgets, etc. for each of them. I wish it was my choice!”

It seems that a lot of other factors must be addressed before Hardwicke gets behind the camera again. In the case of If I Stay, the studio says the movie is in active development but they wouldn’t share any additional details. For Red Riding Hood, a source says WB is still waiting on a new draft of a script, which won’t be delivered til mid-January to make a decision on how fast they want to proceed. And for Hamlet, the studio is also tinkering on the latest draft from Oscar-winning writer Ron Nyswaner. Adds Hardwicke, “Before Twilight was greenlit, I had four projects at four studios. I worked super-hard on all of them, but Twilight was greenlit first.” Hardwicke is also committed to Maximum Ride, an adaptation of the young adult fantasy series by James Patterson, at Sony, but that film is said to be in even earlier stages of development.

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  • Missy

    I don’t see why the movie industry keeps giving her jobs. Is there a shortage of good directors? She’s a terrible director. I personally won’t see any movie she directs. Twilight was bad enough that they took the second movie away from her.

    • Joe

      That’s probably why none of her new projects have been greenlit yet.

    • aisha

      Have either of you watched ‘Thirteen’ which she directed and co-wrote. It’s brilliant.
      It’s not her fault that the source material for twilight was utter rubbish.

    • meme23

      are you blind she is a great director some people like to watch movies that are not all fake computer crap you probably haven’t seen any of her movies and just because see did twilight she sucks its always the same crap with you bitter online people

    • newmoonsucks

      catherine hardwicke is a great director. all these female haters on ew.com totally suck. read roger ebert. twilight got better reviews than new moon. and she set the tone for this franchise.

    • Matt Mondays

      So why did she not stay with Twilight? singlechristiansmatch

      • Morgaine

        Catherine Hardwicke brought the Twilight saga alive in her direction of the movie “Twilight,” AND she did it on a very small budget. Summit offered her NM, but in a very speeded up schedule and with not much more money than she got for Twilight. She knew she couldn’t do NM on the cheap because of the wolves–CGI would demand a bigger budget.

        So Summit chose loser director, Chris Weitz, even though the last movie he did, the beginning of the “Golden Compass” franchise, was a disaster, lost the most money EVER on an American film, and killed the franchise–the second two books will not be made into movies now, thanks to Weitz.

        It should be noted that Weitz had already *issed away the amount of money that Hardwicke was offered to direct NM by the time he got one piece of actual filming done.

        The pathetic disaster Weitz made of NM, and the equally disastrous Slade direction of Eclipse, are vindication for Hardwicke.
        Many Twilight fans are ticked off they paid to see NM and have no intention of seeing any of the other Twilight movies, unless Hardwicke directs them–which won’t happen because she has projects stacked up to the moon now.

  • Brett

    Catherine is an awesome director.. You fangirls just are bitter because she didn’t have Edward giving head to Bella so you could pretend you were her. Fools!

    • Jilly

      Agree. Catherine rocks. I hope, I hope she directs Breaking Dawn – and then anything else she wants to do. Love her movies: Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, Twilight, The Nativity Story. She’s amazing.

  • Rosalie

    She makes beautiful movies. I loved, loved, loved, Twilight! It exceded my expectations from the book. If it were not for her, the movie franchise would not be what it is today. I also thoroughly enjoyed the fact that she only did 2 green screen shots for twilight, everything else was as real as she could possibly make it.

  • Celia

    I have a feeling she won’t end up directing any of these films.

    • Morgaine

      I think you are correct. Summit has obviously decided to alienate as many of the Twilight fans as possible wtih their choice of pathetically poor directors who are totally unsuited to direct the movies.

      The projecst Hardwicke has lined up are really cool. “Maximum Ride”–my second favorite book series lately–is one of her projects, and Red Riding Hood (a dark, gothic interpretation) is another.

  • SC

    Are you guys serious? Catherine is a fantastic director, Lords of Dogtown and Thirteen were both brilliant movies. Twilight wasn’t so much bad because of direction, but because of a very low budget. Twilight made millions and millions and because it got so big people seem to forget that it wasn’t meant to be this blockbuster hit that it became. It was supposed to be the campy, low budget film. I wasn’t that impressed with Twilight, personally, but I don’t think one not so great movie makes Catherine a bad director.

  • AllieBoBallie

    Really? Eugh. Catherine Hardwicke is my least favorite, working, mainstream director. She might be one of the worst, too.

  • julia

    i am an aspiring actress and i wanted to play this part so badly it hurt. so i am depressed that they are making a movie. im really not sure if catherine will be the best for this movie though.

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