"Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke won't helm the next picture in the Summit vampire franchise. Hardwicke had until recently been thought a candidate to helm the sequel, "New Moon," but word began to circulate that the relationship between Summit and the helmer have not always been smooth. On Sunday, Summit said in a statement that its "targeted end-of-2009 or early 2010 release of the film 'New Moon' does not work with Ms. Hardwicke's required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen. Thus, as has been done before with many successful film franchises, the studio will employ a new director." The film, whose start date has not yet been set, will reunite writer Melissa Rosenberg and actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.
Director Justin Chadwick is penning an adaptation of Stef Penney's prize-winning novel "The Tenderness of Wolves" that he also plans to direct, the film's backers said. Chadwick, who most recently helmed "The Other Boleyn Girl," is tackling "Wolves" for Film4 and Target Entertainment Group.
'Sherlock' nabs Marsan
Eddie Marsan has joined Warner Bros.' "Sherlock Holmes," being directed by Guy Davis and starring Robert Downey Jr. Marsan plays Inspector Lestrade. He is repped by Paradigm, Independent Talent and Principal Entertainment.