David Slade is Officially Directing Twilight Eclipse

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Not even 24 hours after it was posted as rumor over at Deadline Hollywood, the ink is apparently now dry on David Slade’s contract to direct the third film in the “Twilight” saga, “Eclipse”. The news comes from “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and Summit Entertainment (the studio doing the “Twilight” movies) head honcho Erik Feig himself on the signing of Slade, who is most famous to genre fans as the director of “30 Days of Night”, a very bloody vampire movie from 2007. Slade’s “Eclipse”, we’re told, won’t be nearly as bloody as “30 Days”.

Via THR, author Stephenie Meyer said this about Slade:

“I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing ‘Eclipse,’ ” said Meyer. “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 added:

“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.”

The third installment will probably commence production as soon as “New Moon” wraps. At least, if Summit wants to keep its June 30, 2010 release date. That will be just half a year after Chris Weitz’s “New Moon” premieres in November of ’09, so Slade better get busy prepping the bad boy for production.

“Eclipse” catches up with Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) as she prepares to graduate high school, while at the same time contending with the ongoing vampire-werewolf conflict. Matters are not helped by mysterious killings that start bloodying up the Seattle landscape, causing Bella’s relationship with her vampire beau Edward to become slightly more … complicated. And you thought your biggest worry was the prom.

Below: Here’s a sample of David Slade’s previous work with vampires. You kids ready for this?


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  • Cassandra

    The one thing that is annoying me with the Twilight SAGA. The first film (Twilight) was directed by a previous hollywood horror film director and you could see that it just didn’t work for the movie! Thank god Chris Weitz is directing the second movie… but oh no wooops they go do it again for the third movie and ring in ANOTHER horror film director… I am currently watching 30 days of night right now.. and I can tell you the whole horror film director stance is not going to work! I admire all the work that Catherine put into the first movie she did so much but you can see that horror filming has rubbed off on her and that the angles for a horror film SHOULD NOT BE USED IN THIS TWILIGHT SAGA. It ruins all the romance and the tension (ironic hey ?). Lets just hope im just dribbling here and the Eclipse doesn’t turn out to be a bit of a disappointment. We will see good luck Chris Weitz and good luck David Slade – please leave all that you learned in 30 days of night OUT OF THE TWILIGHT SAGA. Thank you! :)

  • Cassandra

    The one thing that is annoying me with the Twilight SAGA. The first film (Twilight) was directed by a previous hollywood horror film director and you could see that it just didn’t work for the movie! Thank god Chris Weitz is directing the second movie… but oh no wooops they go do it again for the third movie and ring in ANOTHER horror film director… I am currently watching 30 days of night right now.. and I can tell you the whole horror film director stance is not going to work! I admire all the work that Catherine put into the first movie she did so much but you can see that horror filming has rubbed off on her and that the angles for a horror film SHOULD NOT BE USED IN THIS TWILIGHT SAGA. It ruins all the romance and the tension (ironic hey ?). Lets just hope im just dribbling here and the Eclipse doesn’t turn out to be a bit of a disappointment. We will see good luck Chris Weitz and good luck David Slade – please leave all that you learned in 30 days of night OUT OF THE TWILIGHT SAGA. Thank you! :)

  • Laura

    Oh Please have some faith! Congrats David! I am so excited to see what you bring to Eclipse! Please don’t make it just another cheesy love story like Cathrine did. The movies have to mature as the books do. I cant wait!!

  • Laura

    Oh Please have some faith! Congrats David! I am so excited to see what you bring to Eclipse! Please don’t make it just another cheesy love story like Cathrine did. The movies have to mature as the books do. I cant wait!!

  • Shaza Norton

    First of Congrats to David! I watched 30 days of night and I am not a huge horror movie fan. The vampires are really ugly in this movie! I just hope that all these directors remembers this is a love story and not go over the top with making the vampires look nasty!

  • Shaza Norton

    First of Congrats to David! I watched 30 days of night and I am not a huge horror movie fan. The vampires are really ugly in this movie! I just hope that all these directors remembers this is a love story and not go over the top with making the vampires look nasty!