'Twilight 3' Gets Experienced Vampire Director

April 23, 2009

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30 Days of Night director David Slade has done Alaskan vampires, but can he handle the magic of value-promoting vampires that 12-year-old girls buy posters of? Let's all find that out together when he directs the third Twilight movie:

The "30 Days of Night" director will take a slightly less gory approach to the blood-sucking brood when he helms "Eclipse," the third installment of Stephenie Meyer's best-selling "Twilight" franchise. Summit Entertainment has just signed Slade to the project, which it plans to release June 30, 2010.

Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the adaptations of "Twilight" and its sequel, "New Moon," will also script "Eclipse."

The third book follows heroine Bella Swan as she nears graduation while trying to navigate the dangers of the ongoing vampire-werewolf struggle. Mysterious killings turn up around Seattle, a malicious vampire looks for revenge and Bella's romantic life with Edward becomes complicated.

"I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing 'Eclipse,' " said Meyer. "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."

Phew, glad that's taken care of. The Twilight message boards have been going fucking mad with outcry for a director to be named--one who would bring more nuance to the characters while adding style, vision, and a focused maturity that could broaden the series' appeal beyond its core 11 to 16-year-old female market. That's all they seem to talk about over on Twilight message boards. It's always either that or which of the Wolf Pack guys is most kissable.

Third 'Twilight' film lands director [THR]

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