Catherine Hardwicke has brought about new controversy to the direction of the Twilight Saga movie franchise. In the latest copy of Entertainment Weekly she basically said she was out of the movie due to time and budget constraints. They may have offered her more money than she or her family had ever seen but the main problem was they were not negotiable on the budget and time. So I read this at first and though that it makes perfect sense. And several online sources also have shared this basic story.
But if you continue to read the entire article in the magazine it has some other details that are being glossed over. Chris Weitz might still have to work within the time constraint but the budget was increased and so was his salary.
This just irritated me! So here is my rant about it!
Women in Hollywood are still considered the supporting players in the industry. It is still a boys club and this just goes to prove it yet again. These books were written by a woman for a primarily female audience. The fact that it posted numbers above and beyond expectations was a big shock for Hollywood. This movie had the biggest opening for a female directed piece ever. If you also recall several months ago another female audience pleasing movie Sex and the City opened to a very large audience. Though this one was directed by a man, clearly there was an audience who wanted to see something more than your typical blockbuster i.e. Transformers.
So now Hollywood was taking notice that there was an untapped market out there that was looking for quality films. We proved that we were ready willing and able to bring in the numbers that they needed. Yet even though we did that they were unwilling to continue with the same director at the helm of the Twilight franchise. I have no problem with the new director. If it had just been a negotiating problem I could understand their replacement of Catherine. But I really think that what it comes down to was the fact that the Boys club didn’t want to give up any of their control. This industry is one of the only ones that still have a glass ceiling for women. Even if they say they don’t. It doesn’t just happen in the high profile positions this is throughout the industry. Take a look at some credits next time you watch a movie. You’ll see what I mean.
Then the other part of this non important glossed over story is that indeed the budget has increased for New Moon. I don’t have any exact numbers, if you do let me know. I will say this though; Chris is going to be paid significantly more than what Hardwicke was offered. So much for a great story, the article might have emphasized that she was offered more money than ever but it was still below what Chris will receive. They can try to say it is based on experience or what not; but did he make a movie on a shoestring budget that has a worldwide gross of $300 million? I think not. When will Hollywood wake up. When will we as women stand up and try to change that?