Here's a letter from the goddess herself addressing all this hubbubb:
There's been a lot of worry and speculation on the boards lately, and I want to let you know what's going on.
First of all, like you, I'm sad that Catherine is not continuing on with us for New Moon. I'm going to miss her, not just as a brilliant director, but also as a friend. She has such a distinct, authentic voice that did amazing things for Twilight. I'm looking forward to every movie she does in the future.
And she didn't leave us empty handed. We still get the benefits of her amazing casting and the beautiful visual world she created. This foundation puts us in a good place for New Moon.
Summit Films is moving forward with a new director for New Moon. They've asked Chris Weitz, director of American Pie, About a Boy, and The Golden Compass, to join us, and 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.
Below is a letter from Chris to you. I think you'll get a glimpse in this note of how cool it's going to be having Chris as part of our community.
I'm impressed. =]
I think this going to be good.
I hope it's going to be good. And I'm cautiously optimistic.
He seems like a really cool guy, a very talented guy, and a guy concerned enough about us to write us all an assuring letter.
Unless he was just paid by Summit to do that, but let's not go there. ;P
I think it's very good that he was inspired and motivated by the first Twilight movie. Hopefully he'll keep it as close to that as possible, while smoothing out all the rough edges and of course updating the effects. ^_^
I have faith in this guy. I don't know if I should, but I do.
Go, go, go~!