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Catherine Hardwicke Walked Away From New Moon

Catherine Hardwicke Walked Away From New Moon

They has been much speculation as to whether Catherine Hardwicke was fired or walked away from the Twilight sequel, New Moon. But nobody ever heard from Catherine Hardwicke what actually happened.

In the press that she is doing for Red Riding Hood, which opens next week, Hardwicke finally went on the record herself to The Daily Beast/Newsweek as to what happened.

Despite Twilight’s $400 million global success, Hardwicke left the franchise when it came to the sequel. She said it was her decision, despite a blog report that she was fired. “I couldn’t even be fired, that’s what’s so funny,” she says. “In my contract, I had the first right of refusal.” She turned down the second film, she says, because the studio wanted to rush it out. “I do not regret it at all, thank the Lord,” she says. “The truth is I liked the first book the best.”

I love that she had the right of first refusal. And btw I find it interesting that the article had two different titles in the different publications. In Newsweek it was called “Not Your Grandma’s ‘Red Riding Hood’”, and in the Daily Beast: “”Catherine Hardwicke: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Female Director.”

Catherine Hardwicke: Hollywood’s Most Powerful Female Director (Daily Beast)
Not Your Grandma’s ‘Red Riding Hood’ (Newsweek)

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Hardwicke is reiterating something she said right after it happened. But, the rumors were so strong back then and the word “fired” was bandied about so fiercely, that IJUST is right, she should have nipped it in the bud and stopped the nonsense.

Adela Rogers

Dear hmmmm…

Repeatedly studies have shown that women tend to “blow their own horns” a lot less then men, in almost every way. They tend to take the high road against rumor and backbiting and often just “walk away” believing it is the more dignified route.

They are less likely to ask for raises, or to be hard-line when negotiating for things that would benefit primarily themselves. Much of this comes from the inculcating of “feminine” values such as being “quiet”, compliant, and “good.”

Hopefully this is changing as more and more women can come together on issues in ways previously unavailable to women in most cultures, until only recently in our history (ref: “separate spheres”, in that the outside world was “male”, the inside, domestic, “female.”) The Internet, of course, allows for the greatest (and most critical) mass to accumulate as it does not exclude women bound to the home due to care-giving of children, family, or elderly).

As a matter of fact, it was known in some circles as far back as 2009, that Hardwicke was not so inclined to the slap-dash sequel of Twilightt. Here’s just one scrap of evidence from the comments in The Guardian:

***19 January 2009 12:59PM

Oh and as for New Moon…

The most popular rumour for why Catherine Hardwicke was booted is nothing to do with the female perspective. Apparently the studio (naturally) wants to rush to get the sequel out and cash in – Hardwicke apparently wasn’t willing to work to their schedule and wanted longer. Of course that is merely rumour, but of all the theories I’ve heard thrown around it’s the most plausible.”***

She didn’t just rear her head two years later to “set the record straight.” She long ago moved on. But of course, plenty still needled her on the issue.


hmmm..btw i find it interesting that this is coming up now. Ms. Hardwicke had 2 years to set the record straight and take control what was being said about her, her career, and most of all her talent, and yet she kept quiet. She chose to take the back seat. And the press, including this blog as referenced, went right along with the silence, proclaiming her to be the victim of the horrible mean ‘ol sexist producers. You stated, not speculated, in your 12/8/08 post “Everyone keeps saying the power job is the director and that having more women directors show box office prowess will open up the directing ranks. Guess not.”

Ms. Hardwicke allowed the press to whip up a frenzy that is now revealed to be a case of crying wolf (or i guess silent sheep?) which is bad pr at the least. But at its worst, she and the press have now made it a slippery slope so that the next time that a female director is actually pushed to the curb for a male (and i’m sure it will occur), who’s going to listen? That’s the person who is getting hurt in all of this.

So really, you’re happy that she had right of first refusal? I’m an avid reader of your blog because keeping the public and the film industry up on how we must do better when it comes to females behind and in front of the camera is very important. But fan or not, this post and your rah-rah for Catherine to revise/clear up/band-aid herstory is disappointing.

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