It appears Catherine Hardwicke and Summit Entertainment have made up.
The “Twilight” director was passed over for the upcoming sequel to last November’s blockbuster, “The Twlight Saga: New Moon,” for a number of reasons. Now, Variety reports that Hardwicke has signed on to helm the studio’s new fantasy-drama “If I Stay.”
Based on the novel by Gayle Forman set for publication this spring, the story focuses on a gifted classical musician and her indie rockstar boyfriend who has to chose between life and death when she’s in a car accident with her family.
Surprisingly, after what was reported to be a hard fought battle for the future of the franchise following “Twilight,” Summit president of production Erik Feig made nice with the filmmaker saying, “When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke.”
Chris Weitz was brought on to direct “New Moon” which should begin shooting at the end of this month.
While the mini-major searches for a screenwriter for the project, Hardwicke will concentrate on prepping Columbia Picture’s “Maximum Ride” which was announced earlier this week.
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