David Slade Has Been Chosen To Direct ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Contrary to previous reports

Last month Variety reported that Juan Antonio Bayona had been offered the directing job for the third movie in the Twilight Saga movie franchise, officially titled The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, after it was rumored that Drew Barrymore was interested in securing the directing job herself. Today, we learn from Summit Entertainment themselves that Bayona HAS NOT been given the job of directing … they have selected David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) to direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Here is the full text of the latest Summit Entertainment press release:


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 between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life. Slade is represented by William Morris Agency.

I have to admit, I was very excited at the notion of Juan Antonio Bayona directing the third film, especially since Bayona is a protégée of Spanish director Guillermo del Toro (who I LOVE LOVE LOVE). I was very impressed with Bayona‘s film The Orphanage. That said, I really loved Slade‘s work on his film Hard Candy. That film was my first introduction to Ellen Page (before she appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand and Juno). I think Eclipse will be in very capable hands under Slade‘s direction. As you may recall, Summit has previously announced that The Twillight Saga: Eclipse will be released in theaters on June 30, 2010, which is just over one year’s time from now. So now we have both a release date and a director … all that’s left is for production to begin — but that can’t happen just yet since the second movie is currently being filmed in Vancouver. It’s a tight schedule, y’all … but the Twilight Saga movies are well on their way.

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  1. Laura

    Maybe they’re saving Juan Antonio Bayona for Breaking Dawn. That seems like it would require more visual effects, something he’d be good for.

  2. I agree Trent, Juan Antonio Bayona would have been a great pic for the spot, however, I am interested in seeing what Slade will do with this movie, and how he will put his own unique spin on it. I hope he brings the darkness from Hard Candy and 30 days or Night into the movie, and I would like to see a “darker” take on the movies as they progress, kind of like how the Harry potter movies developed. Every director puts thier own spin on a movie, which is why I am soo soo soooooo glad Drew Barrymore did not get this job, as she is not yet a seasoned director, and should not enter the “directing” industry with a movie that has to live up to all the hype and that so many people and fans will be wathcing and critiquing, every frame!.

  3. I agree Laura, maybe Juan Antonio Bayona would be better for Breaking Dawn…good point!!

  4. Judy

    Damn, they’re really cranking these movies out!!!

  5. LGV

    When I first gazed at this I thought it said David Spade, and I was all WHAT!!??!! Then I realized it was just my eye seeing wrong. Thank God. I don’t really think David Spade would have been a good choice.

  6. ~I n F a m o u s~

    i don’t understand why they have to get a different director for each movie.

  7. Sarah

    Ooh, yes Im excited now to see David Slade working on this film. I really enjoyed the visuals of 30 Days of Night. Im not big on movies with gore but it was so interesting that I couldnt look away.

  8. anna

    I will stop with Eclipse. I could care less about Breaking Dawn… As far as I am concerned the series ended for me with Eclipse and I just forgot all about Breaking Dawn. GOD THE BOOK SUCKED! She completely screwed that whole story up with the god-aweful freaky religious themes and destroyed all her characters.

  9. Tiffany

    I’m not too thrilled about them making these movies one right after the other. Seems that the actors are going to be so burned out from these schedules that they just might put less of themselves into them. These movies had better live up to the hype from now on because Twilight (the movie) SUCKED :-/

    @LGV- I thought that too! lol

  10. J

    Guillermo del Toro is actually Mexican-born of Spanish extraction.

  11. I did love me some Hard Candy. But its the kind of movie I’m not sure I would want to watch a second time. I wonder if he’ll bring more darkness to the series? I think it could use a little more.

  12. tkemaven

    I seriously thought the headline read, “David SPADE Has Been Chosen To Direct…” (now THAT would be interesting)

    Am I the only one that had to do a double take?

  13. Now admittedly, I didn’t care for the books, and I thought that Twilight’s direction/visual effects made it even worse. That said, I DO think that they have a talented cast and with Wietz and Slade handling the next two, they had a good shot at making an enjoyable set of films.

    But the time schedule is a joke. It’s like Summit doesn’t trust in the longevity of the series and is out to make a quick buck before the hype runs out.

  14. Shazz

    LOL @ tkemaven
    I read that too =X
    i was like.. wow.. wait.. what?

  15. I think Slade can make a great film… I love his work on hard Candy, it’d be interesting to see

  16. F

    Hey, Trent, love your site. But please correct Guillermo Del Toro´s nationality: He is Mexican (born in Guadalajara, 1964). Thanks!

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