Catherine Hardwicke Talks Twilight Sequel

Given that Twilight is now a big box office success and the sequel – based on follow-up novel New Moon – has been greenlit, likely director Catherine Hardwicke has been talking about the film’s challenges.

While Hardwicke isn’t confirmed to helm the movie – she still has to work out a contract with the studio – she is ready for the job if all the details can be locked down.

"I want to do New Moon better than we did Twilight, and do it really cool,” she tells MTV . “I definitely don't want to do it as something just tossed off, like a Saw II or something like that. We want to be sure that it's really going to be great and that everyone's on the same page.”

Faster schedule

The next film should come together a little quicker than the first one, thanks to many decisions already having been made: "We spent about a year and three months getting Twilight ready, between writing the script and casting. We could probably do things a little bit faster this time, but who knows? It depends. And sometimes you can do things really fast. You can get two editors on, and you can just zip through."

New Moon sees Bella and Edward’s story take a diverting turn with one of the characters spending a large chunk of time in Italy and Bella interacting more with Native American associate Jacob, who it turns out has a lupine secret.

“I was doing a lot of research on wolves before filming Twilight, and we had a scene with the wolves in it," she explained. "So we're already thinking a little bit about [Jacob's transformation into a wolf. Then there's the stunts, and there's Italy. It's all cooking in the brain.

"The wolves will be tricky, because they are supposed to be these giant wolves," she continued. "Is it going to be CGI, real wolves or a combination? How does that read on film? How does that translate to film? What you normally do is you do tests. You figure out some things that are working better, and things that are not working better. You try them out, hopefully, on real people."

Yes, we expect Twilight actor Tyler Lautner, who plays Jacob, will be in for some mad times on the set of New Moon…