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Twilight fans now have reason to hope that Edward Cullen will be even more perfect the second time around.

Summit Entertainment announced that Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first big-screen adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer saga to middling-to-awful reviews, won’t be returning to helm New Moon, the second of Meyer’s four sparkling-vampire novels.

In a joint statement, Summit and Hardwicke claimed that New Moon‘s targeted winter 2009/spring 2010 release “does not work with Ms. Hardwicke’s required prep time to bring her vision of the film to the big screen.”

I’m sure Twilight‘s second-week box-office drop of 62 percent has nothing to do with it.

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