War of Words Over Eclipse Director

Just when you thought the SAG infighting was the worst mudslinging in town, there’s a good, old-fashioned, media slug fest going on featuring Nikki Finke, the LA Times, and Eric Feig.

So last week Nikki Finke, Variety and several others report that Juan Antonio Bayona was offered the job to direct Eclipse. As Nikki and Variety tend to get their stuff right, everyone else publishes this.  Granted, some outlets misquoted and said the ink was dry on the contract and it was studio official, but the fact they all agreed on was that the offer was out there.

Then, Patrick Goldstein of the LA times publishes a blog that quotes Summit executive Eric Feig (if that’s not getting a quote from the horse’s mouth, we don’t know what is) as stating:

“The ‘Eclipse’ directing job hasn’t been offered to Juan Antonio or anyone else,” he told me. “We’ve met with three or four talented filmmakers and we’ll be meeting with three or four more other candidates before we make any decision. No one has been offered the job.” Feig added that no one even bothered to call to check out the rumors before printing them, something that has become an all-too-often occurrence in the Wild West free-for-all that constitutes today’s Web-based entertainment coverage. “Nikki never called Summit or any of the producers, and Variety ran it off her blog without calling us either, which I find doubly irresponsible.”

Nikki Finke after having been bad-mouthed big time in public has now fired back at both the LA and Feig:

Summit Entertainment’s president of worldwide production and acquisitions Erik Feig is accusing Los Angeles Times blogger Patrick Goldstein of misquoting him today about the accuracy of my reportingI’m still waiting for Goldstein to publish my response today that I stand by my story, which I worded very specifically to say: “I can confirm that Summit Entertainment is telling Hollywood privately that Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Eclipse.”…I look forward to Feig demonstrating that being a Hollywood exec, and doing the right thing, are not mutually exclusive.

OKKKKAAAYYYYY….so, how about that Forks weather?  *cricket* *cricket* *cricket*

At this point, your guess is as good as ours.


  1. fiesty bloggers xD

    however, since nikki continues to stand by her story after this, i’m starting to wonder who to believe…

  2. At this point, wake me up when you get the official press release from Summit. I’m dropping out of this conversation until then.

  3. Hahaha!! “So, how about that Forks weather?” lol! 😀

    I don’t know who to go with now. I guess we will just have to wait and see… 🙂

  4. Good God.

    I agree with Freakin Loon.

  5. Maybe Eric Feig is trying to cover up the fact that Juan will be directing Eclipse, who knows. If Nikki is standing by her story then maybe she is right, but Summit just doesn’t want the director’s name to be released yet. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  6. I hate all these rumors about who is directing, or who is cast. Can we please focus on New Moon? They haven’t even started filming that yet, and everyone’s already riled up about the THIRD movie!

  7. girlvampsfan says:

    I totally agree with you MinisculeRaindropOfSilence. Dang that’s a lot to type. Can we please get to 11-21-09 before we start going crazy about Eclipse

  8. The weather? Well, it’s not too cold, considering it IS still Winter. Lots of rain, but it IS Forks. You know, the weather in Forks is usually a fairly boring topic..


  9. I agree with just about everyone who commented before me. NM hasn’t even started shooting yet (Monday!!!), and everyone is fighting about Eclipse? Give it a few months before we probably hear anything remotely concrete. We will certainly know by November, since Eclipse will be released the next June. But for now, I think its a bit too early to be having this stupid “war of words”.

  10. I have to disagree with those who say it is too early to hear about Eclipse. I don’t think some of ye realise how long it takes to make a film and the immense effort involved. Obviously Summit are looking to hire the director soon as he/she has to prepare everything BEFORE filming begins such as cast, script, concept of the film etc. With Eclipse’s release set a mere seven months after New Moon it just makes the job (for the director) so much more difficult. I pretty much think that post-production will not finish on Eclipse until a week before it’s release as the time is against all involved. However in regards to the above Lexicon post, I’m hoping that it is Juan Antonio Bayona who is hired but I’m gonna just wait unti the official confirmation by Summit which shouldn’t be too long now.

  11. Awkward turtle….

  12. I think the Director should be David Yates or Mike Newell from the harry potter movies for Eclipse or Breaking dawn. They are both very good directors. If you watch either 4th or 5th Harry potter movies they stayed to true to the books.

  13. NewMillenium says:

    haha. Such Drama! They should make a behind the scenes reality show about Twilight feuds 🙂

  14. Ok, I’m like…..lets just get thru NM first! Alright already with the squabbling!!!

  15. i’m going to try and ignore rumours till its official but i really hope Juan Antonio Bayona gets it. i just finished reading eclipse again and even if he only directs the edward/seth victoria/riley fight it would be brilliant. (because in my eyes that fight is going to have to be rather toned down for the film certificate people to be happy so its gonna have to be something special to capture it properly and keep the certificate down for the younger audience)

  16. Erin:

    Both of those directors did great jobs with those films, but they also had time and money on their side.

    I don’t think Summit is going to be giving whichever director they choose too much of those items.

  17. *yanks collar* this is just…awkwardddd

  18. WOW. I am so confused now. Lol. I wonder who it’ll actually be…
    Well all we can really do now is wait it out.

  19. All these rumors are giving me a headache! I just don’t understand why Eclipse is being filmed so early.

  20. xI-MustBeDreamingx says:

    Geez. o_O
    I just wonder who Stephenie would want as a director for Eclipse.
    I know she doesn’t really have a choice, but I wonder what her opinion would be.
    But I guess I’ll just wait until it’s official.
    Rumors are pointless.

  21. I’m waiting unitl I see an offical announcement on StephenieMeyer.com and then we’ll know who is officially directly Eclipse.

  22. wow this all seems really immature for a group of film execs but w/e…like Nikki said, she did not quote Eric Fieg in her statement, so it seems really rediculous that Goldstein would try to accuse her of providing false information…if she’s wrong, then she’s wrong, end of story…the truth will all come out eventually, so why stress about it now?

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