April 23, 2009

Nikki Finke Was Right: Summit Confirms David Slade as Eclipse Director

Twilight Lexicon has posted an official confirmation from Summit regarding David Slade's new gig:
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.”
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23 comments:

  1. he looks quite... scary. i mean, i guess that can be a good thing to bring the "darkness" in from the books. but honestly, i'd be terrified to work with him and be afraid to screw up my lines.

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  2. I guess the proof will be in the pudding.

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  3. pity they aren't changing writers instead/too. i think melissa rosenberg is the main problem.

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  4. I was hoping they kept Catherine or Chris...I just hope this guy could make a great job because Eclipse is intense and one of the most important books!!!

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  5. I agree. I think Stephenie's dialogue for the books were perfect. Use that and then slightly alter as needed.

    You don't have to change classic lines.

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  6. "Visionary filmmaker"?...Really, Stephenie??
    Big thumbs down to this choice. Eclipse is a primarily a love story, with some suspense in the background. Something tells me this guy doesn't really GET Twilight. Can you really see him directing the beautiful engagement scene?
    Agree with Jianne...just looking at this guy and his movie history give me chills. I could not imagine a more inappropriate director to be involved with Twilight.

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  7. I wonder why Chris doesn't just do Eclipse? Anyone know? He seems to be getting things right from what we have been reading...

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  8. Chris will be wrapped up in post-production on New Moon, that's why he can't direct Eclipse. Let's not judge a book by it's cover. Summit must think he has something good to offer. We'll just have to wait and see.

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  9. Lynns,
    Chris will be busy with post-production for New Moon when they are filming Eclipse. Personally, I think he'll do fine. I've seen a few of his movies and he's really good.
    Others- Please don't start knocking yet before New Moon is even finished. Isn't this exactly what was said about Rob (not good enough for Edward) and Chris (not a woman and therefore can't direct such a female orianted movie)? Yet we like them now. Give the guy a chance.

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  10. This is a horrible choice. I have seen Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night. I liked both for what they were...very uber dark depressing films. Does Summit realize that essentially Eclipse is STILL a romance?

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  11. I do have to admit that he created incredible tension between the characters in Hard Candy.
    Therefore, I think he'll do a superior job with -Fire & Ice-

    We will see :D

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  12. I haven't seen his films but his music videos are beautiful and with a strong sense of atmosphere. Here is an interview with him where he is asked about his thoughts on 30 Days of Night vs. Twilight. http://www.ugo.com/tech/rise-of-pc-entertainment/interviews/?cur=david-slade
    I think he can just as easily tackle the romance in the story as another director more known for drama or romance might be able to pull off the thrill and action. I really don't see how his appearance has got anything to do with his work.

    Lucy

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  13. So help me, if they screw up the last 9 chapters of 'Eclipse' in the film, I'm going to throw things at the screen!!!!

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  14. PS. I think what he sais about Let the Right One In, at the end of the interview, is promising.

    Lucy

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  15. All I have to say is that Eclipse is going to have to be pretty dang good for Breaking Dawn to really have a chance at going into production. Plus, it's my favorite book in the Series because we get to have the Cullen family dynamic throughout the book more which I sorely missed in New Moon and even in Twilight (which is why Midnight Sun was such a treat).

    I'm also wondering how happy Stephenie is about this? She and Catherine really bonded working on Twilight. I bet it has been hard for her to be able to keep changing directors. I know I'd be nervous if something I wrote was being tossed around like this.

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  16. Duh, that makes sense. thanks

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  17. I think it's a great choice for the third movie.

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  19. I agree! The writer needs to go!

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  20. I am excited that he got picked. I love Hard Candy and 30 Days! I think the fight scenes in Eclipse will kick a$$! He's already done a vamp movie; maybe he could make the newborns super creepy like the vamps in 30 Days? David Slade should be able to bring the darkness to the film that's really needed. Let's face it, Eclipse is a much darker book than the other three. I am really looking forward to this. I have total faith in Mr. Slade to do an awesome job.

    Oh, and any reason to bring the boyfriend to the theaters to see anything Twilight related helps. The BF loves Mr. Slade.

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  21. All I have to say is....who wouldn't like a man with a beautiful daschund like that. LOL!
    If you get past the gore of 30 Days of Night there is great emotion among the characters especially Eben & Stella. I'm reserving judgement but I think he might just make us proud.

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  22. i've never heard of this guy. . but all i'm sayin' is Eclipse is my favorite. It sounds like he's a "dark" director though and i hope he doesnt lack the other stuff like Edward babysitting Bella and all that. . .

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  23. I have no issues with new directors. Im so glad Catherines gone. I loved the film Twilight, but her and Mellisa Rosenberg took some vital moments out, like the meadow, the cafeteria convesations, even a better version of Jacobs story, just to introduce bad vampires and a drunk named Waylon...including several cafe scenes! UGH! WHY? Alright, calming down. I give my good luck to this new director and wish him well. I hope he sticks to the book, it's my favorite!

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