Catherine Hardwicke remains the only woman to direct a film in the Twilight saga, with the others being directed by Chris Weitz, David Slade and Bill Condon. Hardwicke now says she was able to direct in the first place because of the studio’s muted prospects for how well the film would do.
“When I had to do ‘Twilight,’ I had to do it like an indie film because nobody had any expectations,” explains Hardwicke. “Let’s be honest – they would never have hired a female director if they thought it was going to be a blockbuster. They didn’t manage me in detail at all. I had to cast actors who were unknown at the time. Everyone at Summit was very cool and they encouraged me. They weren’t on my back and gave me a million bills.”
All that changed, however, when “Twilight” became a smash hit and Summit suddenly had a potential money cow on his hands – the kind of ongoing franchise that studio executives dream of. “After that, expectations went through the roof, so there were tons of notes and committees and everything,” Hardwicke recalls. “I don’t think I would have worked that well.”
Although Hardwicke’s work on the first film was celebrated and she was offered a substantial sum of money in return (via MTV News), the increased pressure and tight turnaround time for the sequel caused her to walk away. “I think I did better just making the first world,” she says.
Catherine Hardwicke’s latest film, Prisoner’s Daughter, recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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