David Slade to Direct 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.


  1. At first I was a little scared because I didn’t think I’d seen any of his work. And then they said Hard Candy. AMAZING movie. Hard to watch because of the subject matter, but freaking amazing. David will bring to this project new ideas that will blow our mind. 😀 We’re very blessed, you guysl

  2. Well I’ve never seen any of his work so I’ll be optimistic 🙂 Good luck we’re counting on you hahaha XD

  3. hmmm… i don’t know what to think of this yet. I’ve seen Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night and while they are awesome movies they are kind of dark. I’m going to be an optimist and hope for the best. Good luck David Slade!

  4. sarah grace says:

    Interesting. I enjoyed Hard Candy (not sure if that’s the right word, but…), which is his only film that I’ve seen. Hopefully this one will let him break free from his ‘horror’ mode.

  5. papermoon says:

    well, its a better choice than Barrymore.
    still, i think they should’ve used Bayora.

    i went to see 30 days of night the day it came out, and was really disappointed with it- though i liked it visually (except the ending sequence, which was my least favorite part of the movie- not because of what happened, but because of the look of it). with that said- i’ve seen almost all of his music videos, and they’ve been pretty good.

    so we’ll see. i think Eclipse is a dark book, but i just hope he doesn’t lose the romance of it in that.

    best of luck to you, Mr. Slade!

  6. shortstuff says:

    i;ve seen parts of hard candy.. heard its really good. not into horror movies, so i;ve never seen and dont plan to watch 30 days of night. it seems he;s into darker stuff which will work for the epic battle and such, i just hope he can pull of some of the tender moments we will FINALLY get to see between edward and bella…

  7. I am very hopeful about him. Eclipse shows a lot vivid anger so, seeing from David Slade’s past movies, I think he will direct the movie very well. Hard Candy was absolutely fantastic – definitely award-winning-worth.
    Just like many of you, I am also concerned about the speed at which these movies are being released.
    I hope they’re not doing this thinking that because the story is directed toward young adults, then they’re allowed to slack and think that kids would go for it anyway. That’s very sad.

  8. Snowball Sniper says:

    After Twilight, Eclipse is my fav. Now if they mess up Eclipse I am gonna be real ticked. I loved the Potter books and Azkaban was my favorite book. They REALLY messed up that movie. So DONT MESS UP THIS ONE! pleeeeeaaaassse….

  9. He sounds good. 😀
    I’ve never seen any of his movies, so I don’t know how he directs, but I think he’ll be good.

  10. I think he’s a perfect fit. Wish him luck.

  11. Yay! Can’t wait!

  12. SUMMIT AND MEYER HAVE CROSSED OVER TO THE DARK SIDE…. AND I LOOOOVE IT. (The dark side is waht we need for Breaking Dawn, which was clearly in the horror genre).


  13. Twilight Nymph says:

    I just hope he does a good job, Eclipse is my favorite book and I really do not want to see it messed up.
    Off topic, I got my stuff today from the Hot Topic Contest, it’s awesome. Thanks.

  14. I don’t know about this one. I’ve seen Hard Candy. I loved it. I stumbled upon it one day and just couldn’t turn away. It was draw you in from beginning to end. Good film, very creepy, no limits.
    But this is eclipse… Its love we’re dealing with first and foremost. Danger and horror is only really dealt with in the end.
    David is great at pulling out sorrow, guilt, pain, and above all fear from his actors. But can he still connect the passion, love, sacrifice these characters need.
    Although I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he’ll do a good job. I didn’t like Catherine’s work at all. The fight scene was great (good job). Chris I trust. He’s more then qualified and familiar with this kind of work.
    Well good luck David.

  15. Okay, I’ve calmed down somewhat. Enough to remember, however vague my memory is, that sometime after Twilight came out I read(and no, I can’t remember where, but I’m not making this up)that Summit was not completely happy with the film, that it wasn’t their idea of what Twilight was. I thought at that time (and this is before I even read the books), they must have wanted a horror movie, not a love story. And here we have a horror flick director on board. Yech.

    As others pointed out, this is first and foremost a love story, not an action-packed horror story. Although there is plenty of action within it, the story is so completely character-driven, the relationships between the characters so intricate, that I would loathe to see the action take precedence over them. One of my favorite scenes is in the tent with Edward and Jacob talking. It’s truly incredible, and I think a pivotal moment for them both. The issue for me is not whether Slade can depict the action, the creepiness of the Newborns, etc. The issue is whether he can convey the emotionally complex relationships between Edward, Bella, and Jacob. Therein will lie the success or failure of the film.

  16. I really hope he’ll do a great job with Eclipse. Can’t wait to see it!

  17. Vanessa in TX says:

    Maybe I’ve been under a rock, but why do we keep changing directors? Can someone explain please? I’m wondering where the nice letter to the fans is?when Weitz got the job he wrote us a good letter that assured us that he was going to take good care of the series. I want to hear from Slade…assure me that you won’t anbandon the Heart of the series-the romance between Edward and bella!

  18. Crissa Geekette says:

    Eclipse is also one of my favorite of the four. The presumed ‘rush’ with the movies is only because the actors playing as vampires are getting older. It would be extremely hard to recast if they stretched them out over four years. I think it was wise of Summit to push for them to get done in a timely manner.

    David Slade seems to be a newer director but a very talented one. Just because most of what his work has entailed is dark doesn’t mean he will not be able to pull off the tender moments in Eclipse, assuming that the ‘oh so wonderful’ Melissa Rosenberg even wrote them in properly.

    The simple fact of the matter is Eclipse is a dark book! There are fewer romantic/love/fluff parts of it, at least from what I remember. There is a lot of torment in the book and a major battle. I think David Slade can pull it off after seeing his work with 30 Days of Night.

    I look forward to seeing his twist with the help of Stephanie’s vision and Melissa’s script. Should be interesting.

    *Steps off soap-box*

  19. Rhiannon says:

    I don’t know about anyone else but i would rather wait longer between movies and have the best quality effects and stuff then wait a short amount of time and have s*** quality. I liked Twilight but i knew it could have been so much better. like in the special features Catherine was going on about how they only had time for like two takes of certain scenes. AHH it makes me mad!!
    I don’t really know anything about Slade but im sure he will do a good job!

  20. Hehe, so this’ll be like Dumbledore being played by a different actor in many of the Harry Potter movies.


    Placing all bets for who directs Breaking Dawn NOW! Cammon, cammon, I see one for SPIELBERG! Ohhh, high hope onnim, MIGHTY high hopes-OHP one for Peter Jackson! Cammon keep ’em coming MICHAEL MOORE, FOLKS!

    • Um, D…I hope I am misunderstanding your comment about different actors playing Dumbledore. There have been only two actors Richard Harris and Michael Gambon AND the only reason there a switch was made is because Harris passed away.

  21. It’s kind of mandatory for them to be different directors because the films are so close together and it takes a great deal of time to prepare for it before hand. So David Slade can start preparing for Eclipse while Weitz is finishing New Moon because it would be hard to do it at the same time probably! I hope David knows how to capture the tender moments like others said above. Both his movies were a little disturbing to me, but well directed! I think he will do a good job!

    • My point exactly about how they are rushing out the films like fast food, thus the need for different directors. Not that different directors is necessarily a bad thing, but the rushing bit is what disturbs me.

  22. TeamCullen says:

    Gee…he looks…scary! I hope he doesn’t turn Eclipse into another blood-&-gore vampire flick. This is a ROMANCE movie, first & foremost!

  23. Man, I wanted drew Barrymore. : (

  24. I am glad that David Slade is going to be directing Eclipse. I saw 30 Days of Night and I loved it. Eclipse has alot of action in it and I think David will be able to pull it off without giving up all of the “love and romance” that also takes place in this novel. GO DAVID!

  25. I was really hoping Juan Antonio Bayona was going to helm Eclipse,but I’ll give this guy a chance,since he’s directed a vampire movie before. I guess I’ll have to rent Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night to see what his style of filmmaking is. As long as he stays true to the book and not make it a horror movie,it should be a decent adaptation.

  26. Danny Chipman says:

    Just looking at his picture….does he look like the the kind of guy who’d read a Twilight novel????

    He kind of scares me…

  27. hmmm, I havent seen Hard Candy, but I have seen 30 Days of Night! Very Horror….bad vampires! This worries me. But maybe thats what we need in the fight scenes in Eclipes. Not sure on this one.

  28. I can’t believe the guy from Limp Bizkit is directing my favorite book in the series! But seriously, this is not cool. Quentin Tarantino is an awesome director with some kick butt movies, but that DOES NOT mean he is right for Eclipse…Off to cry……

  29. Oh boy… 30 Days of Night was not my cup of tea. He basically took anything appealing about vampires and removed it from their characters. They were more like zombies than vampires. Although that might work well with the newborns. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

  30. so we are going to have a different director for EVERY movie??? how does that even coincide with the term “series?”

  31. I still don’t like it. I have a fear he’s going to turn this into a “flashy” film, like Cathrine did, instead of an intimate film. Then again, I may be putting too much faith in Weitz too. Well, we shall see.
    Shit, maybe I can get on board to direct Breaking Dawn…

  32. Hey Guys!! We totally talked about all this stuff yesterday….IM sure the movies will be great. summit knows how large a fan base the twilight series has.Im sure by know they know how committed we are to the novels and the characters.The actors even said that they had no clue how big the novels were and how serious the fans were.Im sure they have taken all this into consideration and will be as faithful as they can 2 the books and the movies will get more upgrades..All great points from everyone…

    • nicely said

    • Sorry to be so cynical, but Summit is a new company. They are still probably passed out with the success of Twilight.

      I have full confidence they have already mastered the ability to talk from both sides of their collective mouths.

      Yes, they say they understand the fans. But then turn around and allow Melissa “The Hack” Rosenberg to write the script for New Moon, Eclipse and probably Breaking Dawn. That tells me they understand nothing. Why else would they accept a screenplay that has almost nothing more in common with the book than it’s name!

  33. All we need to complete the wonderful cast is Sam and Dean Winchester {Supernatural}!!!!! Yeah!!! SUPER YUMMY!!!! That would be the icing on the delicious TWILIGHT CAKE!!!!! MMMMMMM!!!! Every womans dream….

  34. Gahhh, I was just getting used to Chris Weitz. I’m scared once more. But again, New Moon is my favorite so I’m glad he’s doing it. Eclipse is probably my least favorite. Whoever does Breaking Dawn better be pretty freakin’ incredible because that’s gonna be a tough one to pull off.

  35. Well all I can say is that Eclipse is my favorite of the four books and I do hope that this film director can touch us the way the book has. Time will tell. Good or bad I will stand behind the film no matter what. That is how much I love and appreciate Stephenie Meyer for allowing us to fall in love with her stories and her characters that are in them.

  36. StinaCullen says:

    This just made my day! I LOVE David Slade’s movies, If you haven’t seen them, rent them! He’s an awesome Director, my only worry is that He might, make Eclipse a little to gory… Not that I don’t love gore, and Eclipse should be kinda ” scary ” BUT I don’t it to turn out all “horror film-ish” and not focus on the Romance…

  37. cant they just change the script writer she was the one that messed up twilight and nearly new moon. chris asked to have one of the scenes put back in that she MISSED out!!!!!

  38. I’m glad that the rumors are put to rest & we now know for sure who the director will be. I haven’t seen any of his films so I don’t know what to expect. I will reserve judgement until next summer. As long as he does Eclipse justice and makes a good movie I’ll be happy. Now bring on the newborn army & the “official” proposal!

  39. Bella Cullen says:

    I dont really like the idea that every movie has a different director that kinda sucks i want the movies to look uniform….

  40. i will admit i haven’t even heard of Hard Candy much less seen it, but based on seeing 30 Day of Night i’m really angry about this. 30 Days of Night, despite the creatures in that movie being deemed “vampires”, those things were NOT vampires! i didn’t really like how the movie looked either. i don’t know how to describe it, but the colors/visually i found it unattractive. i’m scared this will turn into the movie MTV would’ve made if Summit hadn’t done it…

  41. I’m glad to see that some people are giving Slade a chance… Seriously, guys, just because the vampires in 30 Days of Night were completely different from Twilight vampires, doesn’t mean that he’s going to try to use the 30 Days of Night version in Eclipse. That’s not the way directing works at all… You don’t make the exact same movie over and over.

    That said, I’m optimistic about this. It’s great to have someone directing Eclipse who has experience with making horror films. Yes, Twilight is a romance series, but compared to Twilight and New Moon, Eclipse has a lot more horror and suspense in it. (May I remind everyone of the severed limbs in the battle sequence with Victoria? CREEPY.) I have a feeling he’ll bring a lot of experience to those battle scenes, and that’s important. Obviously, we all hope he’ll be able to pull off the romance as well, but that remains to be seen.

    In the meantime, I wish him the best of luck! Chris Weitz seems to be doing an amazing job, and I hope David Slade will too. 🙂

    • I too hope David Slade will do an amazing job. I have seen just a bit of 30 Days of Night, and it is indeed very dark. I hope you are correct about making a different movie everytime. But, that makes me wonder what was it about this guy that would cause Summit to hire him? Previous experience with vampires? I know the severed limbs part was creepy, but really, it was only a few seconds out of a very long book. Even considering the whole newborn part of the story, this is a romance. I just hope Stephenie steps up to the plate for her characters.

  42. I’ve never seen ANY of this guy’s movies. He seems like a type of guy who would “macho” up a romantic/thriller movie and turn it into a blood fest/action type. He needs to understand that the TWILGHT SAGA has a primarily female audience and he needs to hold back on the gore….ok, ok, mabey a little gore for the battle.

  43. I honestly have no idea about this.I just hope he doesn’t ruin Eclipse by turning it into a horror movie or something.Please no.

  44. Oh give the man a chance ! Let’s be hopeful he is the director and there is nothing we can do. I’m sure he will do a great job.

  45. I saw hard candy and IT’S A MUST WATCH!!! as for 30 days, I personally like it. The vampires are a complete opposite of Meyers and I love it. I just don’t know how Slade will work with Eclispse. His stuff is so dark and edgy…
    (well now that i think about it it might work…) we shall have to wait and see

  46. Doesn’t anyone here realize that Drew Barrymore had a lot to do with the making of Donnie Darko which is an amazing peice of cinema and I think she deserves a little respect true she didn’t direct it but she produce the whole damn thing.

    I freakin hated 30 Days of Night. I really really did. And I too am ashamed ot admit that I saw it in theatres. To me the filming was very “video game” and I think it would have made an awesome video game. Did you see Silent Hill? I loved Silent Hill the movie because the first half of it was SO exactly like the game. I mean every camera angle was like taken straight fromt he gmae and I loved it because that’s what it was supposed to be. 30 Days of Night was like watching a video game movie without ever having seen or played the game. It was so lame. He better not eff it up is all I’m saying.

  47. I am a little bit sad for this decision. Haven’t seen hard candy but 30 days of night is a very bad movie in my opinion. The flow is bad and there are many scenes with illogical situations.

    I just hope that David Slade doesn’t ruin Eclipse, is my favorite book!!!

  48. OK. I’ve seen 30 Days of Night. It was gory, but the story line was ok. I think that it is kinda funny that he’s doing another vamp movie, but it is so different from 30 Days…I’ll be interested to see how this will turn out.

    So, as I was saying, 30 Days was gory. A lot of good, epic, gory fighting. So, that battle with Victoria and the new borns? Oh, I look forward to that. 😀

    So, Mr. Spade, I can’t wait to see how Eclipse will turn out in your hands. 🙂

  49. I just watched 30 Days of Night so I could see what David Slade can do. Thumbs up on the fight scenes–I think he’ll succeed in making the battles in Eclipse intense, suspenseful, and graceful. And the newborns will, I think, look great.

    I’m not confident about his ability to do emotional scenes, though. I’m not sure if 30 Days of Night’s story really just centers around the bloodbath, but the parts concerning character development and relationships just felt…flat to me. Even scenes that were supposed to be sad did nothing to make me feel for anyone.

    I hope he digs deep into the series to really grasp what it’s about, and maybe he can a heart-to-heart with Steph about effectively presenting the romance and the heartbreak of Edward/Bella/Jacob.


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