Rotten Tomatoes has written a great three-page article summarizing all that is out there about New Moon so far. I found the section about director Chris Weitz particularly interesting–
With the conspicuous exit of Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, we’ve got a new helmer at the reins of New Moon: Chris Weitz, who got his start by co-writing Antz (95 percent on the Tomatometer) – and then wrote The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (26 percent). Weitz then wrote and directed About a Boy (93 percent)…and followed it with The Golden Compass (42 percent). (He also produced the American Pie movies, for what it’s worth.)
That said, on paper it’s easy to see the potential Weitz brings to New Moon: he’s proven deft at tackling relationships, teenage audiences, and working with lots of computer generated special effects — the latter of which will come in handy for showing Twilight readers how the Quileutes “phase” from human to wolf form and back (hint for Jacob fans: it involves shredding their clothes to bits and emerging stark naked). Familiarity with CG technology will also be crucial for New Moon’s pivotal scene in Volterra, Italy, in which Edward Cullen’s difficult “sparkling” effect will be on display – an effect proven extremely hard to pull off in Catherine Hardwicke’s film. Then again, Hardwicke was working with a $37 million budget; after Twilight’s $370 million worldwide gross, Weitz will have a blockbuster budget.
We’re also curious to see how director Weitz handles Bella’s hallucinations; in the book, she discovers that her deep depression over losing Edward has created a psychological tic in which she can hear his voice when in dangerous situations. This leads to a handful of scenes in which Bella stupidly endangers herself on purpose — essential plot events which are quite likely to draw criticism, being that it’s an incredibly unhealthy way for a girl to nurse a broken heart. We’d like to see Rosenberg’s script find a stronger way for Bella to move on with her life, in the same way that Stewart played an emboldened version of Bella in the first Twilight film.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon – Start Obsessing Now! [fan poster by jessdcma]