Director Chris Weitz Following New Moon with The Gardener
by Alex Billington
November 22, 2009
"There are no werewolves or vampires, just a Mexican gardener in Los Angeles." Variety reports tonight that director Chris Weitz will be following up The Twilight Saga: New Moon with a new drama called The Gardener. Before jumping into the world of vampires, Weitz directed The Golden Compass and About a Boy previously. He's had a rough career so far (dealing with these last two films), but hopefully this project will allow him to settle down once again. Summit Entertainment, who released Twilight, is developing The Gardener with Weitz from a screenplay written by Eric Eason (Manito). From vampires to just a gardener?
The Gardener is apparently just a story about a hard-working immigrant who lives in Los Angeles and his efforts to protect his son. Is there something more to this? Because it sounds like it could be a modern hybrid of Michael Douglas' Falling Down and Liam Neeson's Taken, in a way I suppose. Weitz said he will begin production in March or April next year. He also confirmed that he's not giving up on directing, despite a story that seemed to spread like wildfire this weekend about how he was so destroyed after working on The Golden Compass, that he was considering giving up directing. I'm not really a fan of Chris Weitz, but I will admit I'm more interested in this story about a simple gardener than any of those frickin' emo vampires.