Another name has emerged as a possible Eclipse director. Sadly, but not surprisingly, it's another dude. Juan Antonio Bayona is reportedly, along with Drew Barrymore, Paul Weitz, and James Mangold, in the running to helm Eclipse.
Spaniard Bayona is a protege of Guillermo del Toro and known for his horror work. He received critical acclaim for his Gothic Spanish-language flick The Orphanage, and he's set to make his English-language debut directing the thriller Hater for Universal. With him behind the lens, Eclipse would probably be more of a genre flick than its Twilight predecessors. Posted 03.11.09 by reelz
Talking to MTV recently, Twilight's Kellan Lutz may have said too much about just who will direct Eclipse. Speculation that Drew Barrymore is in the running is ongoing, and we'd love to see the series back in a lady director's hands. But from what Lautner says, it seems a male director was set to do the film and then said unnamed male director fell out.
"I actually heard rumors that they did have a third director, and he fell out, and then they saw more people," Lutz told MTV, "I would say [the name of the third director] if I could remember it. But I know it was a guy." Lutz went on to say "I don't think there's any difference between male or female directors."
Of course, there is a big difference between men and women when it comes to directing: far more films, especially big films, are directed by men than women. Last year, the Los Angeles Times' Patrick Goldstein noted that only two (Mamma Mia! and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) of the summer's 30 major studio films were directed by women. Whatever happened with Catherine Hardwicke, it can't be ignored that she made a highly successful film. Given Eclipse's subject matter and audience, Summit should really take the opportunity to give the directorial duties to a talented woman director for the third movie. Posted 03.10.09 by reelz
Reportedly, Chris Weitz will not direct the third film in the Twilight series, Eclipse (he'll be in post-production with New Moon while the third flick shoots). So who will direct it? The answer might (okay, very likely will) surprise you.
Drew Barrymore is among a select group of directors Summit Entertainment is considering to helm the film. Barrymore has long been involved in movies as both an actress and a producer, but she just finished shooting her directorial debut, Whip It!, with Ellen Page. The roller derby girl movie doesn't hit theatres until October, so it will be a while until we get to see her handiwork behind the camera. Until then, we'll just have to work on forgiving her for He's Just Not That Into You and imagine how she might incorporate daisy chains into Eclipse. Posted 02.27.09 by reelz
New Moon isn't even shooting yet, but a third Twilight flick is already in the works. Summit Entertainment has announced a film of the third book, Eclipse, to be released on June 30, 2010. That's less than 8 months after New Moon is set to be released on November 20, 2009, so it's not like they're rushing these movies out or anything.
No word yet on cast or who will direct Eclipse. Maybe Summit will want to test drive Chris Weitz on New Moon before signing him on to any future films. Posted 02.23.09 by reelz
Summit Entertainment isn't wasting any time in their search for a director for New Moon and Eclipse, the much-anticipated follow-ups to their uber-hit vampire flick Twilight. Deadline Hollywood Daily's resident troublemaker Nikki Finke is reporting that they've offered the job to Chris Weitz, director of one of last year's biggest flops, The Golden Compass. Why? Summit reportedly liked the job Weitz did with visual effects on the film, which snagged a 2007 Academy Award for Best Achievement in Visual Effects. New Moon and Eclipse should both demand higher levels of visual effects than the Catherine Hardwicke-directed predecessor, and Weitz's skills will be especially handy should either film's plot be re-written to involve giant polar bear fights. Posted 12.09.08 by reelz