Hardwicke Turned Down "New Moon" Despite 'More Money Than Anyone In My Family Has Ever Seen' and The Budget is Far More than Hardwicke Was Promised!

The AP has (mistakenly?) leaked a bit of extra info that EW hasn’t revealed yet from their Catherine Hardwicke exclusive–about why she didn’t end up directing New Moon after successfully completing Twilight–

Hardwicke says in the interview posted on ew.com that she was having dinner in Paris with the film’s young stars, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, when her cell phone rang. She’d been in negotiations with Summit Entertainment, which released “Twilight,” about directing part two in Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling series.

Summit executives called to offer her “more money than I or anyone in my family has ever seen,” she said, but they added that she’d have to shoot “New Moon” under a tight deadline and modest budget.

Hardwicke turned them down.

“I was devastated,” she says now. “I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie — and to Stephenie and the actors. But I just didn’t think I could make a good movie under those circumstances.”

Summit Entertainment had no comment on the report, spokesman Paul Pflug said.

More news from the EW Exclusive Issue about Catherine- the budget for New Moon has already far exceeded what was promised to Hardwicke–

Hardwicke first began discussing Twilight: Director’s Notebook with Meyer’s publisher last summer, and then Twilight went on to gross over $350 million worldwide (so far). “When the movie made enough money, they thought it was worth it,” says Hardwicke. “They said, ‘Now you have three and a half weeks to do it!’ And I was like, Okay, I’m just going to keep writing until they rip this out of my hands!”

Fans continue to whip themselves into a frenzy online in anticipation of New Moon, which is already deep into pre-production under new director Chris Weitz. (Hardwicke notes the irony that her replacement is enjoying a better deal than she’d been promised. “I know the budget they were talking about with me – they’ve already gone way beyond that,” she said.) But she’s done nursing her broken heart. “I’m optimistic that it’s going to be great, and I’m sad that it didn’t work out for me to do it,” she said. “But I’ll do something else cool.”

You can get a copy of the issue direct from EW for $4, with the absolutely gorgeous cover of Sir Hottie Pattinson.

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Comment by Alison Genet on February 12, 2009 at 11:46am
i wonder if rob and kristen heard that conversation go down. i remember seeing the "look at their body language" articles in paris. maybe they did over hear it all.
Comment by Personalmiracle from CBA on February 13, 2009 at 10:59am
I am holding one end of that sign! I am always cut out of the picture!!!! Catherine was so nice to us at the premier. She sat on my sleeping bag and chatted with us one night.
Comment by Kim on February 13, 2009 at 11:01am
Hi! I love this pic bc we are the group in it. Catherine is singing my book, I am holding my silver camera in my hand. My Friend Stephenie is the one that is half cut out of the pic & that's Liz from Twilight 20 Somethings with the glasses & the funny face. The premiere was great & Catherine is an awesome lady!
Comment by Alison Genet on February 13, 2009 at 11:59am
that is aweosme. i want to see the pic with you guys in it!!!
Comment by Kim on February 13, 2009 at 12:07pm
Alison, it's me Kim from CBA. Do you have FB? My pics are on my FB also on the CBA forum.


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