In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, New Moon director Chris Weitz says there has been “no official offer” for him to direct the Twilight series’ fourth film. “We’ll have to see how people feel about the entire movie, not only the studio but the fans, before the verdict is out whether I direct Number 4,” Weitz tells THR. “David Slade is doing a great job on the third film, and by the time that comes out, he’ll be the flavor of the moment.”
Weitz says he didn’t shoehorn more Robert Pattinson into the New Moon story just to please rabid fans. “Part of the point was that Edward was away,” Weitz says. “Readers of the book know this and appreciate it. The story is about loss and heartache; he is present as an absence. Bella is always thinking of him and affected by him. His return to the film is really powerful and made more so by not having millions of ‘back at the ranch’ scenes…There are people who would like nothing more that two hours of Rob Pattinson standing there, and I sympathize with them. But I think they’ll appreciate getting him back after the second act. We didn’t want to shoehorn him into the story.”
Continuing, Weitz told THR that he had a “really good collaboration” with author Stephenie Meyer and consulted her throughout making the film, on crucial elements such as the depiction of the Volturi headquarters in Italy.