(Posted by Kaleb Nation )

Director for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is Announced

April 22nd, 2009 at 8:03 pm by Kaleb Nation

I paraphrased this from Summit’s press-release-ese so you’re not here for half a day (full thing at the Lex):

Is he really flipping us off?!

photo from IMDB

David Slade has been hired to direct THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE from a screenplay written by Melissa Rosenberg. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE […] will be released theatrically in North America on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

(Stephenie) 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.”

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.

Having not seen either of his films, I don’t exactly know for sure what to make of the new director. All I keep wondering is what he is saying in this photo 😀

QUESTION FOR THE COMMENTS: Do you agree with the pick for director? Who might you have picked instead?

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69 Responses

  1. element166

    Lol he is a gangster director

  2. Elphie

    I've yet to make it to Hard Candy (it's on my Netflix list) but my boyfriend loved 30 Days of Night. Myself, I was pretty terrified so I barely had my eyes open, but he approves, so until I see Hard Candy, I'm gonna say this is probably a good choice

  3. Estrella

    I love Hard Candy, is a weird amazing movie, I hope he does a good job

  4. Josie

    I really wanted Drew Barrymore to direct it….but hopefully he'll do well!

  5. Feathers

    Never heard of him

  6. Laura

    Actually in England when the give you the finger they do it with two fingers. That's exactly what he's doing in that photo.

  7. Seleste Autry

    Hard Candy was a good movie, it was just hard to see Juno as this badass

  8. NuttyNetty

    he will do a GREAT job! i love his films and as stephanie said he is a good visionary director 😀 i'm not worried. in fact i'm stoked! bring it on David you gangster you. lol

  9. NuttyNetty

    yikes.. so it would be a mistake to give the peace sign in england..?

  10. Heather

    I don't know who I would've picked, but I don't know about David Slade. He's only directed two movies and they were both horror movies. I would say Eclipse is probably the most romantic book out of the series, so I don't know if he can handle that. I'm kinda wishing Chris and Catherine would just switch off films.

  11. Kim

    I Loved Hard Candy. It was a really really good movie. I did not recognize his name at first, but as soon as I saw that he was that movie's director I was calmed a little. Thanks for the info Kaleb :)

  12. Kim

    Hard Candy wasn't really a horror movie. Not in that sense. I think it can be described more as a drama, or perhaps a psychological drama more than a horror movie. That's my opinion anyway :)

  13. Laura Wood

    Hard Candy came out long before Juno. Thankfully I saw it first :) so it totally worked. Ellen Page is an amazing actress for sure.

  14. Rodney Fleming

    Umm… It does look like hes flipping us off, doesn't it?

    Well 30 Days of Night wasn't all that good of a movie, well considering the term vampires is a blood sucking parasite; so I guess the vampires where somewhat accurately portrait (Meaning they have blood all over their faces, throughout the whole movie… ) Umm not a pretty site. Also… as for the vampires' voices… imagine a pitch fork being scraped a crossed a chalk bored. Can't they be like the Cullen's or something? I don't mean to give anybody a bad critique I guess (maybe)…. But as for Hard Candy, no I have not seen it.

  15. Phili

    Hard Candy was EPIC. I can't wait.

  16. Rebecca

    I don't know anything about him but my thought is…why must we have different directors for each film? Now, I have to admit that I'm glad they made the switch after Twilight b/c I blame a lot of the problems with that film on the director. But regardless, you can't possibly expect to have a cohesive “saga” as they insist on calling it, when you have a different style for each one. I mean, the second one isn't even out yet! How do we know whether or not we like the vision of that director? It's just crazy to me. I think “sagas” like this should all be made like Lord of the Rings. But what do I know? And Eclipse is the most romantic? Um…I'm not sure I agree with that but it is an interesting way to look at it.

  17. Catherine

    I'm not English so I can't say for sure, but I think that the peace sign is the same; it's offensive to do it the other way – as in, with the back of the hand out

  18. Rachel M.

    I've actually never seen any of the movies he directed, by one of my best friends said that Hard Candy was great.
    All I can say is that I hope he does a good job with Eclipse. It's my favorite one in the series!

  19. BlueMoonLight156

    Hahaha I really thought he was giving us the bird!

  20. Angelique

    he seems to have a good “resume”. he just looks like the type of guy who would take the eclipse movie and run with it. and he sounds like he is a fairly decent director :]

  21. Rachelle

    30 Days of Night was pretty good so I have faith :) He just can't get enough vampire films to direct, can he? XD

  22. Karlee

    I just don't understand why they don't just stay with one director for all of them?
    But whatever as long as they turn out good!

    You rock my world Kaleb!!

  23. Laur

    In my opinion..

    I am fairly disappointed with Summit in general. They are rushing this whole process by having a different director for every movie, which leads to the movies all being 'individual' and not 'series' of movies. Which really sucks, don't you think? If you wanted to watch all of the Twilight movies in a row, wouldn't you all want them to have the same type of feel (like they are produced by the same director), rather than 3 or 4 movies that are all completely different, and may not even seem like they are a series? Chris seems to be doing a fantastic job so far.. (by the looks of it, I wish he would have directed Twilight) I wasn't THAT impressed with Twilight the movie but I was pleased I guess you could say. I'm just disappointed that they have to RUSH RUSH RUSH everything. And for what? MONEY. It's so ridiculous. Can you just give the fans what they want, please?

    I've never seen either of David's movies, but right now they just seem too 'horror' for the Twilight Saga, and horror Twilight is not. I think I would have rather seen Drew or the spanish guy (don't know his name).. But I suppose if this is the director, I will just have to deal with it. Hope he does a good job.

    And on another note, I REALLY hope they push back the Eclipse release date. It's SO SOON. If you really think about it at least. They will have NO time to promote this movie.. since they will be trying to promote New Moon. Ugh. I would rather have it.. June 30th, 2011! I would rather wait for an excellent film then not wait for a crappy film… that should be and could be transformed beautifully onto screen.

    Wow, that was a rant. Sorry! :)

  24. Samie

    Well im not a very happy camper. but we will see what be can do im not gonna judge him. just like i did with Chris. i will give him a chance.

  25. ShannanG.

    I haven't seen hard candy, but I have seen 30 days of night. I am not a big fan of horror movies, but it was okay. I am just excited to find out that they are deff going to make the third movie, (and the 4th !!!!)

  26. vanesa

    i LOVE Hard Candy, that movie is awsome!! i think is a good choice!

  27. Laur

    MAYBE the fourth.. I think MTV stated that it was all go, and then something else came up and now it's not in the clear yet, (stated by the Melissa Rosenberg- sorry on the spelling?), because they haven't decided if they can actually make it into a movie yet..

  28. Kelly

    I haven't seen 30 Days of Night, but Hard Candy is a VERY good prerequisite for this book interpretation, in my opinion. I think it'll give the movie its proper attitude of suspense. I can't wait to see who they get to direct Breaking Dawn, whenever they finally decide the specs on that.

  29. Heather

    as long as he STICKS TO THE BOOK i will probably be satisfied.
    that's the thing that irked me off the most about Twilight.
    it would have been SO easy to keep most of the stuff they threw out…
    (rants to myself for a moment. “WHY? WHY? WHY?!”)
    but, yeah, Eclipse is my favorite in the series.
    i'm probably gonna have high expectations…
    and i hope this guy respects all the Twilighters…
    lol, i can't wait for the Victoria be-heading, though! that'd should be… interesting…

  30. Gothhic Goddess

    I love 30 Days of Night. It's in my top 5 Vamp movie fav's. He will do well, I believe. Especially with the Epic battle towards the end. 😀

  31. sweet_water_fox

    I absolutely positively agree with you. I was about to write the exact same thing, but lo and behold, someone else had already fully expressed my intent. (^-^)

  32. sweet_water_fox

    I personally do not see this director working out for this particular film. I have only seen Hard Candy, which was positively wonderful overall, but done a little too eerie for even that plot, and at times I thought the style was slightly bland. As soon as I read about this new development, I immediately proceeded to contact my friend so that I may borrow his 30 Days of Night so I might get a better idea of this director's style. I hear promising things about the special effects, so hopefully he might push for a later release date to make sure things are done well…

    In my non professional opinion… I probably would have pinned Alfonso Cuarón for a wonderful director (HP Prisoner of Azkaban, A Little Princess, Children of Men, Great Expectations, also produced Pan’s Labyrinth). He has proven to be great with fantasy and telling an individual’s personal story (point of view). I think all of his films he has made his characters stunning yet real. I think the mystifying feel of his previous films would fit very well with Eclipse’s plot of romance and action. Am I wrong?

  33. Melissa (melissaturkey)

    this is a random question but are they actually doing the victoria beheading now? I mean in a lot of movie serieses they try not to be repetitive and they already beheaded James….
    movie people changed basically the entire 6th HP movie to keep the next one from being repetitive, will summit behead victoria?
    what does everyone else think?
    😀 melissaturkey

  34. Shakesgirl

    Wow. Okay never heard of this guy. Should be intresting. Though I am still nervous about New Moon.

    But I do have to say I happy that the two movies aren't that far apart we won't that long of wait.

    Plus I learned something new today. Don't give the peace in London.

  35. sweet_water_fox

    To gloss over the beheading of Victoria would be something similar to: “O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die…..The End….. let’s just forget about Juliet shall we?”
    Having a final end to the three-book struggle with Victoria, I think they at least need to portray it fully.
    But even if you want to forget about Victoria and her impending doom and gloom and blouse snatching tactics, there is something much more important in seeing her beheaded.


    This is a pivotal point between Edward and Bella. This is the first time that Edward shows his true capabilities as a vampire and even more important, a killer. He is forced to succumb to his inner ‘beast’ that he despises so much to defeat Victoria (with full brutal force of coarse!). And his utter fear that Bella will be so stricken with horror that she will be terrified of him forever.

    Then, Bella’s absolute acceptance.

    That is the turning event for Edward and Bella’s relationship for me. He no longer has to fear what she will think of him and his inner ‘beast’, as much as he hates it, it is a part of him. Edward can now fully accept Bella’s love, now that he knows that she truly does love everything about him.

    NEED BEHEADING end of story! (>^-^)>

  36. Alyssa

    I also haven't seen his movies, so I don't know if he's good or not. I hope he does a good job.

    I wonder if they've thought about changing the screenplay writer Melissa Rosenberg… 'cause honestly I don't think twilight was that good… I agree with Heather, a lot of things were thrown out… The movie didn't do the book much justice. Sorry, but that's my opinion. I'm still a huge Twilight fan.

  37. Jackie

    It doesnt exactly matter if agree or not since the director is already chosen. But I'm not going to judge.

    I havent seen any of those movies. So I dont know if his good or not. But I guess my opinion will change while the development of Eclipse starts. If I had to pick another director I wouldnt know – but I'm thinking Chris Weitz since his doing New Moon. I havent seen any of his movies either but I can see some of the improvements that he is making and I personally feel that New Moon will be a better movie than Twilight. Also it would be nice if they kept the same director. It's a little annoying that they keep changing them.

  38. Kerry

    30 Days of night was a vampire movie that scared the jeebies out of me. Maybe he didnt know what to do so he says hes number 1.

  39. Anechka

    I think they're rushing because at least 6 of their main cast cannot age. At all.
    And if they waited a year or so between shoots, if they did Breaking Dawn, and if they broke it up into 2 movies, their leading man would be 5-7 years older, be nearly 30 and still trying to play a 17 year old…I'm actually glad they are rushing because there's only so much a shave and a haircut can do…

    And Hard Candy isn't a horror movie. At all. Its a psychological drama, not a thriller or a horror movie. And its a beautiful movie. It will be interesting to see Kristen Stewart (who I think shines in a role like Ellen Page's in Hard Candy) and Robert Pattinson work with a director with a bit more of an indy edge. Plus Eclipse is darker then Twilight. So is New Moon and BD. I hope they don't try and keep New Moon or the rest of the movies geared towards 9 year olds and actually let some of the darker underlying themes come through. I mean New Moon the book has Bella a full out manic depressive dealing with an addiction.

    While it would have been great to have the same director for all the movies, that would have only worked if it was the right director.

  40. Yosyandprettyful

    Hard Candy was a serious and digusting film and 30 Days of Night was a Vampire horror flick. I find it comical that the person who directed a movie with vampires that resembled Mortal Kombat's Baraka is going to film a movie where vampires not only sparkle but they have virtues and marriage proposals. I know there is a crazy battle going on and the fear of a vampire war however alot of that isn't seen and doesn't peak till the end. Good luck David Slade you are entering a whole other planet and please put down the finger, fan girls who will bombarde you on your set and in interviews are sure to be offended 😀

  41. Samie

    its gonna suck if they dont make BD. It be weird if they didnt. i think they should of look and see of they can make all 4 books. rather then decided after they make the first 3. i rather have all 4 made not just 3. but i will still take what i can get =) i was just saying lol

  42. Samie

    well in the book her head rolls to bellas feet or something like that right? i dont think SM would let them be that graphical.cuz there are 9 year olds and what not that will be watching the movie… but then again if (well when i say) they do BD they will be way more graphical things they will need to do… so… i say they might be doing the be heading.. maybe…

  43. Samie

    wow i like you! lol u have excellent insight. i read all the post u left on here. very nice.

  44. Kayla

    30 days of night is one of my fav movies of all time so im super excited 😀

  45. genevievech81

    I like David Slade, 30 days of night is an awesome vamp movie. It's set in alaska and when they go through their period of no sun for 30 days the vamps come out and terrorize a town. It's groosome and the vamps look really great :)

  46. sweet_water_fox

    Why thank you very much! <(^-^)>

  47. jenb

    all I can say is interesting………………I haven't seen any of his movies so I have on idea what to expect. as long as he does Eclipse justice and does a good job I don't care who he is or what he's done before. bring on the newborn army & the “official” marriage proposal!

  48. cnfac

    I love David. His work in 30 days of Night was amazing. Plus I have trust in summit. They are taking the Twilight Saga serious so they wouldnt just give that spot to a hobo.

  49. suzanne k

    Actually, as far as I know, I have NEVER seen anyone give the finger with two fingers. And I lived in England for like, five years.
    But anyway, I'm not sure about this. It's better than Drew Barrymore I guess…

  50. aubrey

    He sounds like a cool guy…I just hope he doesn't turn Eclipse into 30 Days of Night. I've never seen it myself (and I usually don't judge movies I haven't seen) but I know people who've seen it and they weren't that crazy about it. I'll have to watch it now though, to get a feel for how he might direct Eclipse. I wonder if they'll be releasing the director for Breaking Dawn soon… If they make it…….

  51. aubrey

    I'm a little worried myself. I never got to see 30 Days of Night, but a friend of mine did, and she wasn't that crazy about it. She said it was pretty gruesome though….just your typical vampire horror flick….that just so happened to be set in Alaska. It is a little ironic that he filmed this vampire bloodbath and now he has to film a chaste, vampire romance. And the whole flipping the bird thing has me worried too. While not all Twilight fans are 13 year old girls, there defintely are young fans out there. I think Slade may need to think about that and clean up his act a bit

  52. Kahley

    I've never seen either of those movies, so, all I have to say is: HE BETTER DO AN AMAZING JOB, OR ELSE!

  53. Kat

    Personally, I'm optimistic. :) For one thing, I'm glad that the director for Eclipse has experience with filming movies that have horror and suspense in them… Like you, Kaleb, the part I love the most about Eclipse is the battle scenes, so I want those to be done well. And since he has experience with darker movies, my guess is that he'll be a great director for those parts.

    As for how he'll do with the romance elements, I have no idea, but I won't pass judgment on that until I see the film. :)

    As for Summit rushing with releasing the movies… I'm glad that they're sticking to a tight schedule, personally. In a series where the actors can't age too much, it's better that they do them quickly, with as much quality as possible. Honestly, I'm not really sure why a lot of fans seem so worried about this… New Moon has the exact same schedule that Twilight did, and I'm sure that Eclipse will start filming sooner (maybe in the fall or early winter?). In any case, I'm sure they'll allow enough time for each film to be made properly. Summit knows that it's the fans who are dishing out all the money, so I know they're eager to please us. :)

  54. Zella

    Having not seen any of his work, I can't really comment on the choice except to say he can't be better than Jaqueline.

  55. Jacqueline

    I decided I absolutely Love Zella. The other day I was venting how I felt the twilight movie wasn't anything like the book. That I loved the cast, but was quite disappointed by many things they left out and or lines they changed. She then said you should direct new moon!! I informed her they are already filming it and already have a director. Then I get an instant message from her saying I was at twilightguy and someone stole your job!!! I said oh? To which she informed me of this post about David directing Eclipse! To which I laughed and informed her I saw the post and was about to comment on it. I guess she'll just have to nominate me for Breaking Dawn director. I actually never seen 30 days of night but a lot of my friends weren't fans. Which leads me to be skeptical a bit I admit being that's all I have to go off of. However I did see hard candy and loved it. I heard Chris the New Moon director was trying hard to make it as true to the book as possible which I felt was only semi achieved with the first one. So the only thing I would appreciate regardless of who directed is that same determination to stay as true to the book as you can in a film. I am sure he'll do a decent job and I agree on the rushing. Since the vampires aren't allowed to age it'd make sense. Because the actors portraying them do age and believe or not sometimes we humans do quite look different in 2 or 3 years. or even a year. I mean I sometimes still look 16, but you can in fact tell from pictures from when I was 16 and now that I am in fact definitely older. Despite the fact that I am still the same height I was at that age. I'll be 27 ha!

  56. LockNessieMonsters

    i think they should get david yates…. i liked the 5th harry potter movie (the only book i was ever OBSESSED with before twilight) better than the book! (but that is impossible for twilight)

  57. Jason

    I liked both 30 Days of Night and Hard Candy, although the Twilight vampires are much different, I think he will be able to deliver us a beautiful Eclipse.

    I also love your photo of him, great find!

  58. Mal

    I don't know what to say….I have never heard of him! I just hope he doesn't screw the movie up…..

  59. Ember

    Wow.. that's a little disappointing. I've never heard of him, but the one thing of his I've see, 30 Days of Night, was a really bad movie to me. I almost didn't finish it because it was so bad. Then again, to me, it had an unoriginal premise too, and I don't know a lot about him as a director. We'll just have to wait and see!

  60. Genesis Gonzalez

    He sounds ok I have yet to see his work. Another good option could have been Juan Antonio Bayona. He's a spanish horror director :)

  61. Dessie

    I have never heard of him…

  62. Vlora

    Ugh! Why can't they stick with one director?

  63. Reagan

    I totally agree with the pick. This guy is seriously hardcore; he knows his stuff. Judging by his other movies, I'm sure it'll be great. (But then again, Lords of Dogtown was also a really good movie….but after what Catherine did with Twilight…. (PS: Don't hate me please!!! >_< Yeah Twilight was great, but not as good as it could've been. It was far too rushed and now New Moon will seem off 'cause they'd have to make up for lost relationship-building or else people are gonna think it's too melodramatic.))

  64. Sarah

    To be honest… I'm a little frightened. Anyone who has seen 30 Days of Night would agree (what can I say, I love horror movies and I've been obsessed with vampires long before Twilight, so of course I've seen it 😀 ) his vision of vampires is EXTREMELY different than Stephenie Meyer's version… just imagine blood soaked vampires, lots of clicking noises, extremely sharp features…. blood…. EVERYWHERE. It has a few (very very very few) similarities to Twilight (I won't spoil the movie) but still… I think at one point in an interview he said he made the vampires in 30 Days the way they are to show what really vampires are like and not “wimpy” ones like the ones in stories today, like Twilight. (This is his opinion, DEFINITELY not mine) I guess it just surprises me that he would agree to do that movie… I'm sure the action will be great but I'm worried about the love triangle and all… I'll just have to hope he's going to do well :)


  65. Kim M

    I thought Hard Candy was bizarre. But, 30 days of Night was awesome visually. So hopefully the battle in the 3rd will be amazing in that aspect too. I think he is really going to set the tone for the 3rd one which isnt really romance – its a struggle.

  66. Kim M

    I thought Hard Candy was bizarre. But, 30 days of Night was awesome visually. So hopefully the battle in the 3rd will be amazing in that aspect too. I think he is really going to set the tone for the 3rd one which isnt really romance – its a struggle.

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