MTV's Larry Carroll Weighs in on "Eclipse" Director

‘Eclipse’ Gets a Bloodthirsty New Director - And More Questions Than Answers
Published by Larry Carroll on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm.

'Twilight'In case you haven’t heard the news, the director of “Eclipse” has been officially chosen. And my own personal first thoughts when I heard the news? Well, I have like a million of them.

I’ve interviewed David Slade before, and he’s a very smart, charismatic guy who harnesses some immense filmmaking tools. That said, I definitely thought “30 Days of Night” was a disappointment. It had a lot of fatal flaws in it, usually whenever the blood would stop flowing and it was time for us to actually start caring about the characters. “Hard Candy” also flirted with moments of brilliance, but I still feel like Slade’s best work is ahead of him.

What I am beginning to enjoy, however, is Summit’s decision to hire a different director for each film. Which is surprising, because I was definitely hoping that Catherine Hardwicke would oversee the entire series after the first “Twilight” became such a big hit. But if you’re a movie buff (and not just a Twilighter first and foremost), this is developing into a very interesting cinematic experiment.

And whereas Weitz seems likely to try and play things closer to Hardwicke’s blueprint, Slade is the kind of proudly defiant filmmaker who will want to shake things up a bit. For better or worse, the end result is going to be a trilogy of films filtered through three very different lenses.

Will Slade depict his vampires more violently than Stephenie Meyer imagined in the novels? Will he give such thespian-minded stars as Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart the opportunity to dig deeper into the sadistic nature of Edward and Bella’s romance – or will his thirst for boy-friendly action push the film too far in the other direction? Most importantly: Does this mean that Josh Hartnett is gonna play Seth Clearwater?

All these questions, and many more, remain to be answered in the months to come.

Hey Twilighters: What’s your reaction to Slade as ‘Eclipse’ director? What questions does it raise in your mind? Are there any specific scenes from the novel that you think he’d handle particularly well?

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Comment by Morgaine Chya on April 23, 2009 at 4:41pm
I've already expounded in great length about this here, so won't jam up this blog with the same diatribe.

In summary, Summit is treating the Twilight series like it's a Smoky-and-the-Bandit romp. They are apparently totally clueless about what makes Meyers' work so prooundly moving for so many people. They apparently do not appreciate the miracle that Hardwicke performed when she took Meyers' written pages and transformed them into film.

Twilight is told from a woman's point of view. These are female issues. When Summit says in its press release that Eclipse is a "muscular" story, big red flags fly because it is not a muscular story. There is a great fight in it, but because it is a fight it doesn't mean that it's muscular.

What I see is the issue here is that testosterone-laden men are making the important decisions with the Twilight series. They discount the importance of approaching this from a woman's point f view.

And Spade--are they fracking NUTS? Look at his work. It is a testosterone festival of overcompensation. This is not a slasher story. It is not a chain-saw story. It is a story about two young people of differences beyond what most of us will ever deal with, who commit to being together for the rest of their lives. As one might expect, there are problems that need to be settled. The vampire part of it is secondary to the love story.

I also don't think that Summit undersatnds the commitment of the Twilight fans to the story of Bella and Edward. If Summit fracks this up, I can imagine a a very angry backlash from them.
Comment by Cali Twilighter on April 23, 2009 at 9:53pm
I think he will totally rock Eclipse!! I can't wait to see it. I totally hope he does BD his blood work during the birth would be awesome!!
Comment by Stina Riz (Team Twinkie) on April 23, 2009 at 10:07pm
Yes, I loved 30 days of I am interested to see his take on Eclipse.


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