Catherine Hardwicke Returns to Summit to Direct ‘If I Stay’ Supernatural Drama

Any perceived bad blood between Summit Entertainment and Catherine Hardwicke is officially a thing of the past, because according to Variety, she has officially signed to direct “If I Stay” for the studio. Hardwicke’s name has been attached to the film since February, but rumors have swirled that her relationship with Summit was too contentious to make the deal final.

But according to Summit’s president Erik Feig, all those reports were unfounded: “When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke,” he said.

So, what is this book that Summit and Hardwicke can finally agree on? It’s not too far off the “Twilight” path. Gayle Forman’s soon-to-be-published novel centers on a gifted classical musician named Mia and her indie rock boyfriend. Mia and her family suffer a devastating car accident, which leaves the young woman trapped between life and death. She must decide whether she has the will to live, and whether the power of her family and friends can help her choose.

If the description leaves you curious, you can check out the book’s first chapter on Amazon — but be sure to come back and tell us what you think of it.

Hardwicke is quickly becoming the go-to director for young adult adaptations. Earlier this week, we reported that she was in negotiations to direct “Maximum Ride”, a movie based on the James Patterson series. With so many deals landing at her feet, do you think she still regrets losing “New Moon”?

Twilighters and movie fans, are you surprised Hardwicke and Summit patched up their relationship? Still wish she was attached to “New Moon” or do you think it’s better for her to adapt new material? Are you going to pick up a copy of “If I Stay” and see what the studios were bidding over? The comments section is all yours.