Why Wasn't Catherine Hardwicke Allowed To Direct 'The Fighter'?

When Catherine Hardwicke first signed on to direct "Twilight," much of the world was still ignorant of two rising stars named Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson. By 2008, it was a full-blown phenomenon.  "Twilight" made $392.6 million worldwide, making it the biggest film ever directed by a woman.  That should give her a free pass in Hollywood, right?

Wrong. After Hardwicke and Summit parted ways, she didn't get another big gig until she signed with Warner Bros to direct "Red Riding Hood."

But not for lack of trying -- Hardwicke read a script that caught her interest immediately -- a simple story of two brothers, one a failed boxer, the other still dreaming of glory. But Hardwicke couldn't even get an interview. She was told a man had to direct it.

The film was (if you haven't guessed it already) "The Fighter," and the gig went to David O. Russell, currently basking in a number of Oscar nominations. "I couldn’t get an interview even though my last movie made $400 million," Hardwicke told The Wrap (via The Frisky). I was told it had to be directed by a man — am I crazy? ['The Fighter'] is about action, it's about boxing, so a man has to direct it ... But they let a man direct 'Sex and the City' or any girly movie you’ve ever heard of."

All of the remaining "Twilight" films have been directed by men. Both "Sex and the City" movies were directed by men. Yet a first-time male director (Joseph Kosinski) snagged the coveted director's chair for big-budget sequel "Tron: Legacy." Many thought Kathryn Bigelow's 2010 Oscar win for "The Hurt Locker" would open more doors for female directors, but Hardwicke's comments suggest otherwise.