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Chris Weitz will direct ‘Twilight’ sequel

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It’s official: Chris Weitz is taking over the director’s chair for the ‘Twilight’ sequel ‘New Moon.’

‘Twilight’ author Stephenie Meyer confirmed the news on her official website Saturday morning in a post designed to calm the rising anguish among fans who loved the first film adaptation. After bidding a fond farewell to ‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke, Meyer went on to praise Weitz and to let fans know that ‘torches and pitchforks are not going to be necessary.’

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On the one hand, Weitz has shown his skill at adapting popular modern novels for the screen -- ‘About a Boy,’ from the Nick Hornby novel, won Weitz and co-scripters Paul Weitz and Peter Hedges an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay. On the other hand, Weitz also directed last year’s ‘The Golden Compass,’ which was an expensive mess that failed to capture the fan base of the books.

Weitz seems to be very aware of the tricky situation he’s stepping into and does his best to let fans know that he’s no dummy when it comes to making sure he gives them what they want to see. ‘I promise to remain responsive to your hopes and fears,’ he writes in a letter that Meyer includes in her post.

-- Patrick Kevin Day

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