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Chris Weitz bitten by the Twilight bug

14/12/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Filmmaker Chris Weitz has been hired to direct the second film in the Twilight vampire film franchise. The film, New Moon, is based on the second book in author Stephenie Meyer's series.

In New Moon, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black. Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested. Production on New Moon is scheduled to begin in the coming months and the studio is planning to release the film towards the end of 2009 or early 2010.

Erik Feig, Summit's president of production, told SFcrowsnest, "We love Stephenie Meyer's fantastic Twilight series. Thinking long and hard about how to turn New Moon into the amazing movie we know it will be, and working with Stephenie Meyer to find the right candidate, we are thrilled to announce Chris Weitz as director of the film. Chris very much understands the world of New Moon and has the skill set required to bring the book to glorious life as a movie. We think he will be an excellent steward of Stephenie Meyer's vision."

"I am honored to have been entrusted with shepherding New Moon from the page to the screen. The extraordinary world that Stephenie has created has millions of fans, and it will be my duty to protect on their behalf the characters, themes and story they love. This is not a task to be taken lightly, and I will put every effort into realizing a beautiful film to stand alongside a beautiful book," Weitz added.

Weitz previously adapted and directed The Golden Compass movie in 2007, which won an Academy Award for best FX. Weitz also co-wrote the 1998 animated film Antz and went on to produce American Pie.

Feig will oversee New Moon for the studio along with Summit Entertainment's Director of Production Gillian Bohrer.

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