There was quite of bit of angst and confusion among "Twilight" fans when Catherine Hardwicke, the director of the first film, was sent packing before the second movie got underway. Patrick Goldstein, my colleague here at the Los Angeles Times, has an item on his blog, The Big Picture, that will cheer up those Twi-hards who thought the filmmaker was treated unfairly. Here’s an excerpt:
You may remember that the last time we wrote about Catherine Hardwicke back in December, it was to lament the news that the gifted filmmaker, after delivering a lucrative franchise starter to Summit Entertainment in the form of "Twilight," was being pushed aside, with Summit moving ahead on a sequel to the hit film without her. It’s fair to say that Hardwicke had her own doubts about continuing with the series. But nonetheless, the fallout from the news — with fans voicing complaints about the franchise losing its top creative voice, not to mention its top female voice, outside of author Stephenie Meyer – made it look like a very unhappy parting of the ways.
But, life, and Hollywood in particular, is full of surprises. Guess what? Hardwicke has just signed on to direct a new film, "If I Stay," with — ahem — Summit Entertainment. Rumors have been swirling for weeks, but Summit has now made it official: Hardwicke will direct the adaptation of Gayle Forman’s upcoming novel, which will hit the stores later this spring from Dutton Children’s Books. The novel is the story of Mia, a young classical musician and her indie-rock boyfriend, whose relationship is upended when Mia is badly injured in a car accident with her family. She watches the events unfold as she nears death, trying to decide whether she wants to continue living.
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