Well, the rumors were true, and Summit Entertainment has confirmed that Golden Compass director Chris Weitz will indeed direct New Moon, the follow-up to this year's biggest teen-vamp flick, Twilight. It's important to note that nowhere in the press release does it mention Eclipse, which means the two sequels probably won't be shot at the same time. A release date for New Moon was not mentioned, only that the film will arrive in late 2009 or early 2010. Check out the official press release below:

Summit Entertainment announced today that filmmaker Chris Weitz has been hired to direct the second film in the studio's TWILIGHT film franchise. The film, NEW MOON, is based on the second book in author Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series. The announcement was made by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production.

Weitz, an Acadamy Award®-nominated writer, director and producer, has a proven track record working with a broad range of material dealing with youth-oriented characters, fantasy and action. As such, he has the potential to bring alive in NEW MOON the dimensions and depth that fans will demand in the next installment.

Feig stated, "We love Stephenie Meyer's fantastic TWILIGHT series. Thinking long and hard about how to turn NEW MOON into the amazing movie we know it will be, and working with Stephenie Meyer to find the right candidate, we are thrilled to announce Chris Weitz as director of the film. Chris very much understands the world of NEW MOON and has the skill set required to bring the book to glorious life as a movie. We think he will be an excellent steward of Stephenie Meyer's vision."
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