As I reported yesterday, Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) will not be returning to direct the Twilight sequel, New Moon. Instead she and Summit Entertainment have decided to part ways. According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, director Chris Weitz is being courted to replace Hardwicke for the sequel. Weitz directing credits include About a Boy, and The Golden Compass.

Weitz is “still considering” the offer to helm New Moon and possibly also Eclipse if the sequel and threequel movie adaptations of Stephenie Meyer’s series of vampire books are made back-to-back.

I loved About a Boy, but there was nothing Golden about that Compass. I”ll be keeping my eye on this story as it continues to develop.