According to Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider, Summit Entertainment is about to hire Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) to direct the Twilight sequel, New Moon. It was known that the studio was in hurry-up mode to get the director in Vancouver by December 15 if they wanted to keep to their schedule to start shooting in mid-March. Well, looks like they’re on their way to start pre-production with this announcement.
For those who aren’t familiar with Chris Weitz, he’s best known for the raunchy teen-comedy American Pie and the acclaimed Hugh Grant film About a Boy. He also tackled adapting Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, though while American Pie made the big bucks and About a Boy gave him an Oscar nomination, The Golden Compass didn’t go very well. One way to look at Weitz’ accomplishment is that he’s very diverse and therefore experienced in almost any genre. Unfortunately, The Golden Compass was his major dud and it was a big budget, fantasy film based on a best selling book series, His Dark Materials.
Can he bounce back and direct New Moon to glory? Or is he just swimming in familiar water that’ll result in failure? Only time will tell. One thing’s for sure, he’ll be scrutinized by the Twilight faithful every step of the way.