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Peter Facinelli Dishes on Twilight Director Shakeup

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Dec. 17 2008, Published 5:02 a.m. ET

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At the Z100 Jingle Ball Official H&M Artist Gift Lounge at NYC's Madison Square Garden on Dec. 12, Twilight's Peter Facinelli talked to OK! exclusively about the film's sequel, New Moon, and the studio's decision to go with a new director this time around.

"You know, I was bummed a little because I love Catherine Hardwicke, but I always knew she wasn't signed up for the second and third movie," Facinelli, who's married to 90210's Jennie Garth and plays Cullen family patriarch, Carlisle, tells OK!. "She never really knew if she was going to do the second one. It wasn't like she was signed on to do all of them and then it stopped."

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Summit Entertainment announced it had hired Golden Compass director Chris Weitz to direct the second installment of author Stephenie Meyer's best-selling series. It's not unusual--Each of the Harry Potter films have had a different director. Facinelli says he's confident the studio knows what it's doing.

"I would have loved to work with her Hardwicke again, I hope I get to work with her again. But I'm more than confident that they'll pick somebody that will keep that tone. It will be great."

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He adds, "I'm just excited we're doing another movie and hopefully that will lead to a third."

By Laura Lane

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