Twilight Cast: No Love Lost for Catherine Hardwicke

Despite her willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty while directing the vampire epic Twilight, helmswoman Catherine Hardwicke isn’t getting a lot of pats on the back from the cast of the movie these days.

E! Online reports that the cast of the movie has been talking about the difference between filming Twilight and filming its sequel New Moon—and the overwhelming consensus seems to be that they couldn’t be happier that director Chris Weitz has replaced Hardwicke.

“When we shot Twilight, it felt like it was an indie. We were racing the clock. Catherine [Hardwicke] was fantastic, but with New Moon it felt like we had more time to play,” opines Peter Facinelli, who plays Dr. Carlisle Cullen. “The atmospheres were different. They were both great…in their own ways. I just think New Moon is going to be incredible.”

Contrast that with the highly prepared approach taken by Weitz, as described by Michael Welch (aka Mike Newton): “When we all got on the set the first day, [Weitz] gave us this packet of 30 to 40 pages of what he wanted the film to look and feel like—how he was going to shoot it, all of that stuff. The thing is, both Chris and Catherine—I don’t want to say one is better than the other. They are polar opposites in terms of style. Catherine can only succeed in chaos, really. But Chris is the exact opposite; he’s so calm and has all his stuff together. He really made this film great.”

Certainly sounds like there’s a judgment in there among all the hedging to us.

Readers, have your say in the comments section: Do you think New Moon will be a vast improvement over Twilight thanks to the change in directors?