Film.com has an article reviewing movie franchises who have had director changes that have been for better – or for worse. The list of movies in the article was interesting and I learned a few things I didn’t know before. For example, did you know The Empire Strikes Back (my personal favorite in the first three movies) wasn’t directed by George Lucas?I had no idea.
And they have a reassuring view of the changes in directors for New Moon and Eclipse.
Director Catherine Hardwicke was replaced by Chris Weitz for the first sequel, New Moon, and now it’s just been announced that part three, Eclipse, will have yet another director. His name is David Slade, and he’s actually a good fit: His last film was 30 Days of Night, which was about vampires, and his film before that was Hard Candy, which was about a teenage girl being stalked and preyed upon by a much older man. Combine the two of those and you’ve basically got Twilight.
The article is a good read for even the most casual movie fans, and puts the whole Catherine-Chris-Ridley thing into some movie context and persepctive.