Is 'Golden Compass' Director Chris Weitz Being Handed the Keys to 'Twilight'?

Robert Pattinson in 'Twilight'Ever since the news broke that “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke wasn’t going to return for “New Moon” and the other sequels, the hit movie’s rabid fanbase has been frantically tossing out names to replace her. Just yesterday, we examined a few possible candidates, including some very real possibilities and others who are more hopeful longshots.

Now, Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that “About a Boy” filmmaker Chris Weitz has been offered the keys to the franchise. The 39-year-old filmmaker got his big break producing all those “American Pie” movies, and is perhaps best respected for his 2002 Hugh Grant flick “About a Boy.”

The move is fascinating if true for many reasons, the main one being that Weitz’s last film was perceived by many as dropping the ball on a potential franchise. The writer/director’s problems with what would become “The Golden Compass” have been well-documented, and his Nicole Kidman/Daniel Craig flick has gone down in history as one of 2007’s biggest disappointments, if not the film that killed New Line Cinema.

Nevertheless, Weitz may soon get a second chance, this time with Edward, Bella and the Cullens at his beck and call. He might also get a third chance, as word is emerging that the series’ new director might make “New Moon” and “Eclipse” back-to-back, as we first reported all those many months ago.

What do you folks think of Chris Weitz? Thumbs up or thumbs down? You can bet the studio (and stars) will be reading your comments, so make your voice heard!