The word from inside Summit is that Hardwicke, the acclaimed Thirteen and Lords of Dogtown and The Nativity Story director, “was ‘difficult’ and ‘irrational’ during the making of Twilight,” one insider explains to me. “That doesn’t mean anything when you’re talking about a filmmaker because they all are, but still…”
But an outside source also informs me, “Summit didn’t like her. They’re saying the DP [director of photography] Elliot Davis is the one responsible for the film’s sumptuous visual look, that the editor Nancy Richardson had to save the film in post-production, and Summit thought Hardwicke’s [CAA] agent Beth Swofford was alternately ineffectual and hysterical. It certainly demonstrates, while CAA agents boast of their vast influence, how little clout and muscle they actually have, or are willing to use, to protect their artists.” [DeadlineHollywoodDaily]
Hmm, I wonder if Nikki’s “outside source” happened to be someone who worked at a rival agency… In other news, I have the clout and muscle of a hundred bulls, but I only use it to defend the meek and the cute; the pygmy baby hippos, the tiger cubs in lawn chairs. Meanwhile, my sumptuous visual look is provided by the underpants I wear on the outside of my full-body leotard, as well as TWO capes.