Newsbites: The supernatural stories edition!

1. Several new items on the Twilight front: First, director Catherine Hardwicke said last week that she turned down the opportunity to direct the sequels because she would have had to shoot them on a low budget and an extremely tight schedule. Second, the sequel currently in development, once known simply as New Moon, has had its title expanded to The Twilight Saga’s New Moon. Third, the studio has already announced a release date for the next sequel, The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse; it will come out June 30, 2010, which is only seven months after the release date for New Moon, which, in turn, is only one year after the release date for the original Twilight. Finally, Chris Weitz, who is directing New Moon, will not be the director of Eclipse. — Associated Press, MTV Movies Blog, Nikki Finke, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Entertainment Weekly

2. The new version of Friday the 13th was such a big hit last week, it was inevitable that someone would try to reboot the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise too. And the man who has been hired to direct the film is Samuel Bayer, whose experience resides largely in the world of commercials and music videos; he helmed the video for Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, among other things. — Hollywood Reporter

3. Paul Breuls is directing a romantic comedy called Meant to Be, about a guardian angel who falls in love with the woman he is protecting and tries to take her on a trip to Puerto Rico. — Hollywood Reporter

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