Summit Entertainment is reportedly about to hire the “Golden Compass” director, who began his career at the studio with 1999’s “American Pie.” He also directed the 2002 film “About A Boy,” with help from his brother, Paul.
Deadline Hollywood Daily broke the news that Chris was in contention on Tuesday.
“He’s the quality-of-life-choice,” a source told EW.com, perhaps a reference to reported on-set difficulties with Catherine during “Twilight” filming.
Despite the success of the big-screen adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s popular vampire series, which set a box office record for the largest opening weekend by a female director with $69.6 million, Summit Entertainment announced earlier this week that Catherine would not be returning.
“I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct ‘New Moon,’” Hardwicke said in a statement released to Variety on Monday. “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.”
Related Content from AccessHollywood.com:
VIEW THE PHOTOS: Robert Pattinson
PLAY IT NOW: Dish Of Salt: The Appeal Of ‘Twilight’s’ Robert Pattinson
PLAY IT NOW: ‘Twilight’ Hollywood Premiere