The corpse of Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight-directing career isn’t even cold yet, but Summit Entertainment is apparently wasting no time in finding a new director. The other day, we discussed how Hardwicke had been removed from the franchise. Now, Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood Daily has a source that informs her the offer for the sequel is going out to Chris Weitz.

In the past few years, Weitz has produced American Pie and its two sequels, along with Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist and In Good Company. Most recently, though, he wrote and directed The Golden Compass, which performed disappointingly at the box office. Despite this, Finke says that Weitz is being tapped because Summit appreciated the look of Compass, and because Weitz is friends with Summit’s president of production Eric Feig.

Weitz seems like he might bring a good combination of aesthetics and teenager sensibility the project. What do you guys think?

Discuss: What did you think of the Golden Compass? And would Weitz be able to make New Moon better than Twilight was?

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