The Twilight Saga

DAVID SLADE TO DIRECT SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT'S THE TWILIGHT SAGA: 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 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.

Is it wrong of me to say that I am upset about this? I have looked at the movies he has made and I am clearly disturbed by this choice. I am also incensed by Stephenies response, is she dazzled by dollars? I feel he cleary is lacking an understand of the romantic storyline that is central to the entire series. He may make a great action flick, but who is that for? Certainly not for us! What do you think?

Should we do something about it? I think a fan movement needs to begin!

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hmm. I have only seen 30days of night. not the best movie but not the worst. The special effects were alright. The town was WAY off since im from Alaska. Lets just hope he doesnt mess it up. Those crazy vamps in 30days of night will have nothin on a bunch of crazy fans after his ass. :-)
Never heard of him i do think they are moving to fast with the movies i think we should see how well Chris does with New Moon before moving a head with Eclipse (which is my favorite of the series) and I would be very..........disappointed if he messes it up. Bad enough I'm waiting around for MIdnight Sun.
i agree, let's see what happens with new moon and go from there.

ps- i hope stephenie finishes midnight sun someday.....
I agree. Three different directors for the three movies? I don't understand it. I've never seen anything done by David Slade. I also wonder about the rush to make these movies so quickly. The main characters won't "age" significantly if they were to release a movie every couple of years. In fact, the box office proceeds might actually be greater if people have to wait for the next movie. Harry Potter's box office draw has certainly not lessened with two years between movies.
I agree about the spacing of the movies, because it's almost overload. But, as a Twilight addict, I'm still happy to be able to see the movies so close together. I remember the spacing between the X-Men and Lord of the Rings movies as being agonizing.
As far as changing directors, Harry Potter is a classic example of that: I think there's a different director for each movie. And, as a result, each movie has a very different feel. I'm sure I'm gonna get zinged for this, but I wasn't terribly happy with the Twilight movie, I felt they did an ok job but left a lot of important stuff out. However, it's really hard to distill everything down to a movie's running time, and almost impossible to portray a 1st person perspective book in a movie format without losing a lot of the book's personal feeling. I didn't like Catherine Hardwicke much, she seems like kind of a nut, and I hope New Moon is better than Twilight. That said, I have still watched Twilight so many times it's driving my family crazy. So, maybe I should just shut up?? ;P
i agree.
I have to agree, initially I was quite disappointed with the Twilight film. I was surprised at the amount of changes they made, and the overall quality of the effects. That being said, I began to like it more and more as time passed. I now have a bluray copy to watch on our bigscreen, and a normal copy to watch on my computer when I'm scrapbooking. I have completely forgiven any production quality issues.

I've seen 30 days, I did like it - but I totally get the point that the feel of Slade's previous films are much darker and Eclipse, although it has conflict, is also a tremendously romantic book. I hope he doesn't lose that to push the action only. If he does, I think Summit would be behind that.

I'm also worried that they are rushing it. I think yearly november releases would be best. I am curious to see how Breaking Dawn will come together. I read SM's Q&A and she said they are still in talks. I hope that they get the same cast. Can you imagine if one of the principals was not available - or not wanting to??!!! It's already going to be a change with Victoria's Character.
Wow, he also directed the Stone Temple Pilots video "Thank You". I really think that Summitt is responsible for the whole "cash cow" concept which appears to be driving the rapid productions of the series. I seriously think that they should leave Eclipse until Thanksgiving 2010, so that they have the proper time to write/direct/edit the film. Rushing to have a summer release is a mistake.

I know money tends to change people, I hope what you said about SM is incorrect. I have to hope it is the production company. But her agreement to how Twilight turned out (Melissa Rosenberg wrote the screenplay for that as well) and now accepting someone with no real meat behind his name (i.e. little known/little work done) to direct Eclipse is making me question the judgment...
I worried about them throwing them out too quickly too. How many times have we seen sequels made super fast just for the cash that sucked horribly!
I liked 30 days of night but not really sure it relates to Twilight at all. Dark and overly moody really isn't the way I would descibe the series. I wish him luck!
Bobbie,

Your right 30 days is no more like Twilight, than Casablanka was like Silence of the Lambs.

Doc B
ok i don't really know his work.. but we need someone that knows that love feeling !! he must keep the love there !! i agree even though i want to see all the movies and its hard to wait i do think they are rushing with the 3rd movie !! i am wondering if have a different person to direct all the movies is a big big mistake ?? they all have to know how much twilight saga is loved !!! twilight is a great movie !! i do believe new moon will be better then twilight !! and twilight bought in more then 340 million ..... new moon will be way more then that !!! who ever gets Eclipse has big big shoes to fill !!!! they all need to remember to keep the movies with the books!! the books are the best !!! as long as the directors do that the movies should be great !!!!!
Excellent point Crissey,

After" Silence of the Lambs", the movie "Hannibal" just left you shaking your head.
The magic was gone.

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