Catherine Hardwicke, director of Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, and, oh yeah, Twilight, was supposedly locked in as director for Summit's upcoming movie If I Stay, written by Whip It!'s Shauna Cross. Summit's decision to bring on other directors for the Twilight series -- namely Chris Weitz for The Twilight Saga: New Moon and David Slade for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -- brought rumblings about infighting, difficulties with Hardwicke, blah blah blah. But whether or not If I Stay was a bone to throw Hardwicke to prove to naysayers there's no hard feelings between the director and Summit, it looks like Hardwicke's post Twilight-life might not include Summit, after all, at least for the time being.

Now it looks like Hardwicke's busy schedule, which was already filled with a Hamlet adaptation, among other projects, has The Girl with the Red Riding Hood at the top of her dance card, according to the LA Times. Leonardo DiCaprio will produce; he also produced Orphan, which starred Vera Farmiga and Peter Sarsgaard as adoptive parents who get more than they bargained for.
The LA Times notes that Warner Bros., the studio behind Red Riding Hood, is making this project a big priority, and with her other deals still in development limbo, it makes sense that Hardwicke would jump on the chance to make a big budget fairy tale. Red Riding Hood sounds promising, and not dissimilar to Thirteen in its themes. Red Riding Hood is, at its foundation, a thriller, a coming-of-age story about the co-mingling of sex, consumption, desire, and fear, such as in those versions by Charles Perrault and Angela Carter, whose short story "The Company of Wolves," which was made into a movie with the same name. I hope that this movie veers towards those more nuanced themes rather than the broader "sex equals death" equation of some big budget horror films. Hopefully, with Hardwicke behind the lens, that's what we'll get.
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