Catherine Hardwicke, the woman who directed the successful teenage, vampire love story Twilight, has been given the axe. Hardwicke has not been asked back to the directors chair for the films sequel, New Moon. According to Variety, Hardwicke’s desire to take her time with the films script, would push back the studios production schedule, and that would cause major problems.

“Twilight” scripter Melissa Rosenberg handed in a draft of “New Moon” the weekend that “Twilight” opened. Hardwicke wanted more time to work on it; Summit announced it was going ahead with “New Moon” on November 22, with no director attached. Negotiations lasted two weeks before Hardwicke formally passed on the film Saturday.

“I am sorry that due to timing I will not have the opportunity to direct ‘New Moon,’” said Hardwicke. “Directing ‘Twilight’ has been one of the great experiences of my life, and I am grateful to the fans for their passionate support of the film. I wish everyone at Summit the best with the sequel — it is a great story.”

The problem that stalled negotiations was that Hardwicke had strong opinions about what to do with the next installment, and so did Summit. The debate was how to focus the adaptation of the second book, which deals more with giant werewolves than vampires, as well as the long depression of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), after her vampire lover (Rob Pattinson) leaves her. One issue was how to get more of teen heartthrob Pattinson into the film. (Rosenberg has figured out a device to achieve this.) But Hardwicke, burned out from her “Twilight” labors, simply wasn’t willing to jam this movie with a script that still needed months of development.

Seriously? Don’t we all know what happens to big budget films when the writing process is rushed (cough *X-Men 3* cough)? The movie’s quality suffers. Sorry, Twilight fans.