‘New Moon’ Director Wants to Call It Quits

It appears that, according to InContention, Chris Weitz, director of the forthcoming Twilight flick, New Moon, wants to call put in the towel after a possible last film.

The sad disillusionment stems from his horrid experience working with big studios on his very underappreciated The Golden Compass, which he states he wanted to be his masterpiece.

Here’s the full article:

After more than a decade of involvement with some of Hollywood’s most successful films, Oscar-nominated writer and New Moon director Chris Weitz is ready to move on from the movie industry, saying that he’s only planning to make one more film. In an exclusive interview with Phillip Williams for MovieMaker Magazine, Weitz details his journey through the film industry—from his screenwriting debut on Antz, to his disappointment with his own Golden Compass adaptation—and then admits that it’s all about to end.

“Every time I make a movie I’m pretty much convinced it’s the last time I’m going to be able to do it and that really it’s a rather silly occupation to undertake,” says Weitz in the MovieMaker interview. “But I think I have maybe one more film in me.”

Part of the director’s disillusionment with moviemaking can be traced back to his experience with The Golden Compass and the heavy hand of the studio.

“I wanted that to be my masterpiece,” admits Weitz. “Unfortunately, the edit was taken from me and whatever chance I had at that was also taken from me, which is kind of sad.”

The director even knows what film he wants to present as his swan song. “It’s a script by Eric Essen called The Gardener,” confides Weitz. “It’s sort of an homage to The Bicycle Thief. The intention is that we will shoot half in Spanish, half in English, in Los Angeles. On the one hand it’s a very small, intimate story, but its implications are very grand.

“I’m always looking for my last film, where I can put the brush down, and this is the one,” continues Weitz. “It’s a beautiful story… I feel that I have now spent a decade of my life in training to know how to make films—how to accomplish every aspect of it—and I feel that if I were to do this one film, I’d feel okay just sitting back and reading. I’d really like to read some books.”

What else does Weitz plan to do with his free time? “You know, it sounds ridiculous, but I’d really like to be a better surfer,” laughs the director. “I’d like to learn to speak Spanish fluently; I’d like to travel around, live in Italy; I’d like to learn kung fu… It’s nice to make movies, but it’s also really hard.”


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