It has been confirmed David Slade will direct Eclipse:


Los Angeles, CA April 22, 2009 — Summit Entertainment announced today that David Slade has been hired to direct THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE, the third film in the studio's TWILIGHT film franchise based on the Stephenie Meyer's blockbuster book series, will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The announcement was made by Erik Feig, Summit's President of Production.

Meyer stated, "I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing ECLIPSE. He's a visionary filmmaker who has so much to offer this franchise. From the beginning, we've been blessed with wonderful directorial talent for the Twilight Saga, and I'm so happy that ECLIPSE will be carrying on with that tradition."

Feig said, "Stephenie Meyer's ECLIPSE is a muscular, rich, vivid book and we at Summit looked long and hard for a director who could do it justice. We believe we have found that talent in David Slade, a director who has been able to create complex, visually arresting worlds. We cannot wait to see the ECLIPSE he brings to life and brings to the fans eagerly awaiting its arrival in summer of 2010."

Filmmaker Slade came to prominence as a director for his work on 2006's engrossing film HARD CANDY starring Academy Award® Nominated actress Ellen Page as well as directing 2007's genre hit 30 DAYS OF NIGHT which opened to number one at the box office its first weekend of release.

In ECLIPSE, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

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Comment by Tracy R on April 22, 2009 at 7:23pm
I'll withhold judgment until the movie comes out, but I hope I'm not the only one with a few reservations. I understand Catherine not coming back for NM (it was never a definite until after Twilight's success), but I was hoping for some continuity in the films. I'd hate for each to have such a different "feel" that they don't seem part of the same series. Of course all this rambling is probably a bit pointless because all of us Twifans will still love the movies regardless.
Comment by Edward's Eternity on April 22, 2009 at 11:12pm
Cool! Can't wait to see what he does! Now if we could just get a confirmation for Breaking Dawn...
Comment by Jess (Team Hexagon Love) on April 22, 2009 at 11:14pm
well hard candy was a crazy movie, so im excited/terrified of what he brings to the series
Comment by Spunk Ransomette on April 23, 2009 at 12:12am
as far as breaking dawn according to it has gotten the greenlight and should start shooting in 2010. but im not taking anything seriously until i hear it from summit. there are too many rumors circling the series. ITS RIDICULOUS!!! lol im hoping that it is true. i have gotten a lot of news about new moon even before it was confirmed by summit from different sources like the pack i knew weeks before summit confirmed but like i said im hoping! lets keep our fingers crossed.
Comment by imarriedajacob on April 23, 2009 at 11:28am
I'm NOT going to withhold judgement......i'm sorely dissapointed in this choice. We need someone who understands this is a LOVE story.....not just another teenage slasher flick. This choice of Director only confirms to me how off Summit Ent. is and upholds the theory that the movie industry is only about the money. How wrong they are...and will soon find out if they deviate from the "Wholesomeness" that produced so many fans in the first place. I DO NOT WANT A RATED R movie under the umbrella of a so many of them are these days. I wanted a director that is known for his telling of love stories....not realistic blood and violence cut into MTV music.....that sucks.
Comment by Morgaine Chya on April 23, 2009 at 12:55pm
Okay, this quote right here makes me have extreme empathy for Meyers in working with Summit:

"Feig said, "Stephenie Meyer's ECLIPSE is a muscular, rich, vivid book and we at Summit looked long and hard for a director who could do it justice."

This is the way a man would see the book. It's not how Meyers wrote the Twilight series. And it is not how Hardwicke translated the book into the movie.

It isn't muscular. It's from a woman's point of view. To assume that, because there is a fight scene in it, that it has to be "muscular" is so out of touch with the reality of women. The absolute worst, dirtiest fighters I've ever encountered are women. They will do things to an opponent a man wouldn't even know how to begin to think of. When a woman is pushed past her line of tolerance, and she decides to fight, you will not encounter a more ruthless warrior. She won't just go for physical wounds; she will strike for her opponents soul if she can.

I wonder if part of the stress on the set with NM is because the director is not a woman. Women directors are very empathic to their actors, and extremely supportive.

I remember well a biography I read about Vivian Leigh who played Scarlet in Gone With the Wnd. The original director was George Cukor, whose background was in the theater. He and Leigh worked very well together. But soon the producer booted Cukor and brought in--Victor Fleming--Clark Gable's drinking pal, a real "man's director." Fleming demoralized Leigh, had no interest or concern about her interpretation of Scarlet, as long as she would "ham it up" and wear low-cut bodice-shoving costumes. Leigh, not natrally busty, had to deal with wearing these padded trussed horrors to produce the cleavage.

Leigh, having her own previous mental issues, was demoralized and destabilized by the GWTW movie experiece. She could not, however, quit because she knew she'd be sued into the grave by the producer, Selznik.

So tht Summit has a director who will direct what Summit considers a "musuclar" book--oh, Lord, help the women in that cast, and the men, too.

Summit so thoroughly screwed up in not having Hardwicke as the director for NM. A big part of the reason they didn't hire her, from what Hardwicke has indicated, was because she knew she could not deliver the movie that they wanted for such a low budget. Well, NM's director went over budget months ago.

Meyers' ability to bring to written page the soul of a young woman's first, overwhelming love. Hardwicke miraculously translated it to screen, bringing the very heart of Meyers' work to life. It's because they are women who can reach back into their own memories of young love, and, with their talent, breathe air into Bella's love for Edward.

The worst, however, is that, if NM turns out without the heart and soul that Twilight had, Summit will have already committed to their "muscular" director for their "muscular" interpretation of Eclipse.

Sign me,
Fuming in San Luis Oispo


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