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New Moon to be filmed at Kalama High School?

By afterthebite · January 23, 2009 · 0 Comments · ·

TDN.com tells us that Chris Weitz toured Kalama High School last week to assess whether it would should be included in the making of New Moon movie. Filming is scheduled to being on the latest movie adaptation from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight book series in late March.

Several producers and director Chris Weitz ­— who didn’t direct the original “Twilight” — visited the school last week, said Kalama Superintendent Jim Sutton. The sequel is called “New Moon,” the title of the second of four novels in the popular series by author Stephenie Meyer.

“The whole point of the trip was to show Chris Weitz all the locations they used up here in the Northwest,” Sutton said.

The visit was short, and moviemakers didn’t commit to filming at the school again, Sutton said. It’s possible they shot enough footage during the filming of “Twilight” last spring to supply the sequel, he noted.

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Werewolves are the new hot thing in 2009

By afterthebite · January 23, 2009 · 0 Comments · ·

USAToday.com says there's a trend in Hollywood for werewolves in 2009, and the movie adaptation of New Moon (due in Nov 2009) will lead the "pack." (Get it?)

New Moon director Chris Weitz says he loves Stephenie Meyer's characterization of werewolves because they are "grounded in reality."

Meanwhile, he also says that Taylor Lautner, the actor playing the part of New Moon's Jacob, has "has packed on 29 pounds, most of it muscle."

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It's Official: Taylor IS going to play Jacob Black

By afterthebite · January 7, 2009 · 0 Comments · ·

Stephenie herself confirmed it today on her website - Taylor Lautner has been officially chosen to play Jacob Black in the upcoming movie version of New Moon.

Director Chris Weitz says that Taylor was "emotionally right" for the part and will be bringing a lot of depth to the character of Jacob Black.

Stephenie goes on to endorse the selection, stating that she was very much part of the decision.

One thing is sure...this is likely to assure Taylor of superstardom...

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How do you feel about Chris Weitz as New Moon director?

By afterthebite · December 15, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

Chris Weitz was recently named director of the next movie in the Twilight series - New Moon. How do you feel about this?

Letter from New Moon movie director to Twilight fans

By afterthebite · December 14, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

Chris Weitz has been named the director of the New Moon movie in the Twilight series. Last week, he wrote this note to faithful Twilight fans.

Stephenie Meyer vouches for new director of New Moon movie

By afterthebite · December 14, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

Stephenie Meyer, author of New Moon, the latest book from the Twilight book series to be made into a movie, has posted an announcement on her website, proclaiming her excitement to have Chris Weitz on board as the newly designated director of the New Moon movie.

I am very pleased to announce that he's agreed to be a part of our Twilight world. I've had the chance to talk to Chris, and I can tell you that he is excited by the story and eager to keep the movie as close to the book as possible. He is also very aware of you, the fans, and wants to keep you all extremely happy. (Torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary.)

I'm excited to work with Chris and I think he brings a lot to the table, not the least of which for me is that he wrote the screenplay for and directed one of my favorite movies of all time, About a Boy. I'm really looking forward to seeing his vision for New Moon.

Read the full posting on her website by clicking here.

Director of American Pie and Golden Compass to direct New Moon movie

By afterthebite · December 12, 2008 · 0 Comments · ·

EW.com is reporting that Chris Weitz, director of The Golden Compass, will be the director of the New Moon movie:

Sources tell EW.com that Summit Entertainment is about to hire Chris Weitz (The Golden Compass) as the shepherd for New Moon, the second installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling Twilight series. Weitz is best-known for his work with his brother Paul. The two directed and produced American Pie and then were nominated for an Academy Award for best screenplay for About a Boy, which they also co-directed. Chris' first solo directing gig, The Golden Compass, didn't do well stateside but was a hit internationally.

Twilight, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, has grossed more than $141 million so far, but Hardwicke had clashed with the studio during production. It was announced early this week that she would not be making New Moon. Weitz has a solid relationship with Summit's top brass; he's considered easy to work with and has experience with special effects. "He's the quality-of-life-choice," says one source. While Summit insists "we have not yet signed Chris Weitz to do New Moon," and Weitz's agency says no deal has been signed, other sources say the deal is imminent, and that Summit has stopped negotiations with other potential Moon directors. Summit had planned to announce this hiring decision on Sunday, Dec. 14, and could have Weitz in Vancouver, B.C. as early as Monday to start pre-production on the film.

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