David Slade talks about his ideas for Eclipse

Twilight: New Moon isn’t even in theatres yet, but we are already gearing up for the third film, Twilight: Eclipse. We crashed a David Slade signing at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California, where he was signing a new line of toys based on 30 Days of Night. “One of the cool things about shooting a movie based on a book is that it is not a film the studio can really change,” he tells us. “Not that the studio would want to change anything, of course!” David promises that they will stick close to the book – there is no sense in changing the story at all.’ Hit the jump for more.

What will differ about Slade’s Twilight? “I don’t really know. We haven’t even started shooting yet.” While the director says he has a basic idea of what he wants to do with it, he is more concerned with telling a good story than being “different.” “It is darker, and there is a lot more action than the previous two,” he admits. “The third book is from Bella’s point of view, but the film will be more objective.” And just how will he do that? “We are going to focus on the origin stories of several characters, like Jacob, and show how Bella will decide between Edward and Jacob.”

David didn’t read the books until the studio was interested in bringing him in – then he did his homework. “It was tough for a middle-aged man to get into,” he admits, “since they are written for 15-year-old girls. But once I got past that, I found them to be quite good books, and a great story.” He is especially excited about the great script from Dexter writer/producer Melissa Rosenberg. Right now, they are still in preproduction, with plans to start shooting later in the year.

When asked about his list of genre credits (including 30 Days of Night, Hard Candy, and mind-bending music videos for bands such as Aphex Twin, Stone Temple Pilots, and System of a Down), Slade admits to being a genre fan. “How many other chances do you get to create your own world from scratch?” He also tells us: “When I first got cable, I watched FEARnet constantly. I really loved Midnight Meat Train. I wanted to direct it – the studio sent me the script – but in the end I was a little too late.” While nothing post-Eclipse is written in blood, he is looking at a few other projects, all in the horror/fantasty/sci-fi genre.

I know a lot of us were wondering how he may play the love triangle, i think he's got good plans, I'm excited and to know he's directed some Aphex Twin Videos, thats just ... amazing.. lit'rally :P - Jess

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Comment by ♥MissSoCal♥ on June 14, 2009 at 11:12am
the only reason why i am a little nervous about him being the director is because he does not seem very passionate about the books, he says theyre written for 15 year old girls and called them "good" books. catherine (twilight director) and chris (new moon director) ever time they talk bout the movies or books they sound they have such passion and love for the books and the fans, and i just don't think he does. but who knows he could do an amazing job prove me wrong......i hope he does prove me wrong. xoxo
Comment by Sarai del C. Guevara on June 14, 2009 at 11:17am
i think so too , even knowing the in the book the fight between the newborns and the wolfs isin't well definated he is gonna make work like catherine did with the fight with james and edward
Comment by Belinda( dazzle by Rob) on June 14, 2009 at 11:21am
. START SHOOTING LATER IN THE YEAR .. ! Even i didn't see new moon , that i want to see eclipse , but i'm desperate I WANNA SEE BREAKING DAWN !!! OMG! THIS MOVIE WILL BE THE BEST !! I THINK
Comment by Jennifer Miller Showalter on June 14, 2009 at 11:34am
Mr. Slade,
I hope that you will resign from directing Eclipse. Why you might ask?

One, a person who is so blind to who is the real audience of the Twilight books should not be in anyway involved in the project. Women AND men, 20 years of age and older....much older... are the silent majority.

Second: Anyone who is so prejudice and judgemental against something he has not even read does not have the emotional or mental capability to direct a movie based on a that said literature.

Third: YOU WILL SCREW UP THE MOVIE. You already have stated you are departing from Bella's POV. It is NOT UP TO YOU to tell us the story. THE STORY IS THERE.... JUST PUT IT ON SCREEN.

It is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE... you are not out to recreate a masterpiece. Would you walk up to a Picasso, a Degas, an O'Keefe painting and suddenly rip it up and start painting over it? No. Then have respect for Stephenie Meyer and her masterpiece and LEAVE IT ALONE!

You seem to be a "one-note-wonder". If you insist on directing Eclipse, then I suggest you stretch your emotional range than that of a "teaspoon" and start asking Meyer how the movie should go. Its not your story to tell, sir.....it is hers.
Comment by Kim on June 14, 2009 at 12:06pm
I do not want Slade directing this film and i think we should say it loud and proud! I am totally confused as to why Summit has hired this director. Yes i know there is a fight scene to consider but i think that would become Slade's only focus and that the story is going to get lost in there somewhere. I hope we are all wrong but i am beyond nervous that he will screw up the third movie. If he is already talking about changing the story before the script is even ready can you imagine what he's considering? He is determined in my mind to take the Twilight story to it's knees. Be worried, be very worried.
Comment by Morgaine Chya on June 14, 2009 at 12:25pm
From MissSoCal: "the only reason why i am a little nervous about him being the director is because he does not seem very passionate about the books, he says theyre written for 15 year old girls and called them "good" books...."

That's a great observation. IMO, it indicates that he does not get the storyline and foundations of the story, and if he doesn't get the storyline the movie will not have the heart of the Twilight book series.

I also find his attitude very dismissive. Does he really think that Hardwicke's "Twilight" movie made $386million world-wide with only 15-year-old young women seeing the movie?

I don't think he understands females, whether it's girls or women, if he does not see that the Twilight books is something that appeals to women of all ages. What does he think, that after age 20 we no longer are swept away by love, especially such convincing story of a young woman's first love? That we also love stories with an incredible male character such as Edward?

It seems Summit now wants directors that can direct cliche vampire movies, and that is exactly the opposite of what SM wrote and what, for me, makes her approach stand out so far from the rest.
Comment by ★Arianna on June 14, 2009 at 12:33pm
I'm acually not that worried that this random director will ruin the Eclipse moive,yea I will admit that he seems to have no passion for the books what so ever and to acually hear him say that the books were written for 15 year old girls is very amusing and I'm guessing that the "middle-aged man" has never heard of the word love.
However I will say that he's a director,It's his job,that's what he get's paid for and yeah if he wanted to he could just make the whole movie into a complete trainwreck and be done with it,but I hardly think that anyone would want to make themselfs look that bad and since Twilight has been made into such a huge ordeal you can almost imagine all the s*** he's going to have to deal with if he ruins that movie.
Comment by Kimberley Cullen on June 14, 2009 at 2:13pm
I don't know what to say, as he said the books were just good. I am adult and I love the books. I hope in The Eclipse movie they don't leave out Chapter 20 "The Compromise" I love the entire book, I just love this chapter the struggle of their emotions of being together physically and then finally Bella giving in saying she will marry Edward. "I just Love it"
Comment by Kim on June 14, 2009 at 2:36pm
I am 31 this week and my husband is 33 and we had no problem loving the books and my mom's friends are all 50 and over and have no problem liking the books so let's see he can't relate hmm? We'll see.
Comment by nicole on June 14, 2009 at 3:28pm
lol u kno wat would be funny? it would be funny if chris weitz made the movie horrible (like catherine who we thought woulld b gud) even tho we r all like i luv cw. so it would be funny now since were saying i hate david slade! wat if he was the best director ahahahah but fingers crossed their both gud, and we shouldnt judge him so hard if we barely kno him ( its jus like rpattz i remember everyone hated him but after while they luveed him)


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