Director David Slade Nabs Twilight Sequel Eclipse

The Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night filmmaker lands coveted sequel.

Summit Entertainment announced today that they have found their director for the third Twilight film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, based on the third book in author Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novel series. Taking on the dark thriller story at the heart of Eclipse will be director David Slade, best known for his gritty and atmospheric work in films Hard Candy and the comic book adaptation 30 Days of Night. Twilight: Eclipse is already slated for release on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

From Summit Entertainment's press release:

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 AwardŽ 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.

Meanwhile, the first Twilight sequel, The Twilight Saga: New Moon (based on the second book in the series) is currently filming and set for release November 20, 2009.

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