‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke: Promo Pro

Catherine Hardwicke, the 53-year-old director of Twilight and the newly christened record holder for biggest opening weekend for a female director ever, is in Paris with stars Robert Pattinson, 22, and Kristen Stewart, 18, to promote the night creature romance.

This is somewhat of a surprise. It was recently announced that Hardwicke would not be directing New Moon, the sequel to the $173 million blockbuster.

New Moon is the next book in author Stephanie Meyer’s vampire romance series. And Summit Entertainment is amping to release the filmed version in late 2009 or early 2010.

There are conflicting accounts as to why Hardwicke isn’t taking the job.


“I am sorry that, due to timing, I will not have the opportunity to direct New Moon. Directing Twilight has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film,” Hardwicke said in an official statement.

“Timing” might be the reason (Hardwicke reportedly has two different projects in the pipeline), but other reports state that she was actually fired by production company Summit Entertainment.

Sources close to Summit say that Hardwicke was both “difficult” and “irrational” during filming.

“Why don’t you just call her ‘bitch?'” Women & Hollywood blog editor Melissa Silverstein says to ABC News, citing sexism for the reason why Hardwicke was let go.

“She’s done exactly what Hollywood said we have to do as women—delivered a successful box office movie. It does not add up.”

Nevertheless, Hardwicke is gamely promoting the film in France.

Along with talent, she possesses a great deal of grace.