Hardwicke to direct ‘Stay’

Summit, 'Twilight' helmer mend their ways

“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke and Summit Entertainment have made up, with the helmer signing on for the company’s fantasy-drama “If I Stay.”

Despite the success of “Twilight” with $380 million in worldwide grosses, Hardwicke and Summit had parted ways in December over her helming “New Moon,” the second “Twilight” installment. Chris Weitz then took the “New Moon” assignment.

“If I Stay” will be based on Gayle Forman’s novel of the same name, due to be published this spring by Dutton Children’s Books. Story centers on a gifted classical musician and her indie rockstar boyfriend who’s forced to choose between life and death when she’s in a car accident with her family.

Foreign book rights have sold in 18 countries.

The mini-major announced the signing Thursday. Despite what seemed to be a contentious battle after “Twilight,” president of production Erik Feig said, “When we were thinking of the perfect director to capture the emotion, grace and passion of this beautiful book, one filmmaker became the clear and only choice: Catherine Hardwicke.”

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