Red Riding Hood was directed by Catherine Hardwicke, who was fired from the Twilight franchise after she helmed the first movie, and written by David Johnson, whose only other screenwriting credit is for Orphan, the endlessly mocked twist-ending movie about something being wrong with Esther from a couple years ago. Considering that kind of pedigree at the wheel, I think you have an idea of how this is going to go.
It's hard to judge Twilight like any other movie, for a number of reasons: First off, you have to consider the audience. It was sort of made for them, and if it appeals to them, it's a success, right? Then there's the buzz factor: How much would we like this movie if there were no buzz? Finally, there's the fact that it's technically an independent film that's been widened due to said buzz. If watched as an indie, the movie might make people feel very differently than it does in its current context. All of these elements are important when reviewing Twilight, so I'm trying to keep them all in mind when I say what I'm about to say.
As everyone knows by now, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke isn't directing the sequel, New Moon. Apparently, she's being replaced by Chris Weitz, who previously directed The Golden Compass. Weitz reportedly has a "solid relationship" with the big wigs at Summit Entertainment and although Weitz's agency has not confirmed the deal, Summit has "stopped negotiations" with other director hopefuls. Pre-production for the film could begin as early as this Monday. This isn't the only big change looming, though, as Summit might be looking to replace their original Jacob Black.
Vanessa Hudgens (who apparently dropped the Anne to appear as a more credible actress or something) is rumored to be in talks for the role of Leah in the Twilight series. Now it's not that I don't think she's a lovely girl, who is very well suited to playing a fresh-faced pop tartlet in whatever Disney movie that may come her way, but I just don't think that this is the direction she should be going in. Rather, I don't think this is the direction that New Moon (the next Twilight film) should be going in. I thought the whole point of axing the director was to make the next film suck less. Maybe I misunderstood. If that's the case, fill it up with pretty teens who are totally miscast (Nikki Reed, I'm looking in your general direction) and use terrible special effects to make Robert Pattinson look sparkly/sweaty. See if I care. See if I go see that movie. I won't be fooled again. (OK, I probably will go see it, but I'll claim it is for research for work). Anyway, here are the reasons I think that Vanessa Hudgens should not be in this movie, and the Twilight PTB should keep on looking for another girl to play the unlucky-in-love lycanthrope.