It’s confirmed: Catherine Hardwicke Out

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SUMMIT Entertainment and Catherine Hardwicke jointly announced on a press release that she’s not going to be directing the next installment of the Twilight series. SUMMIT is pushing for an end of 2009 or early 2010 release for New Moon and this doesn’t fit with Catherine’s schedule.

“I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct NEW MOON,” said Hardwicke. “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. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel– it is a great story.”