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Twilight Sequel Eclipse Adds Director Slade

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 22, 2009 at 8:28AM

Wasting no time, Summit Entertainment is driving forward on the third installment of the Twilight franchise, Eclipse, by hiring director David Slade. Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the first two Twilight films based on Stephenie Meyer's vampire bestsellers is currently writing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which Summit plans to open on June 30, 2010, according to Summit production head Erik Feig.
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Wasting no time, Summit Entertainment is driving forward on the third installment of the Twilight franchise, Eclipse, by hiring director David Slade. Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the first two Twilight films based on Stephenie Meyer's vampire bestsellers is currently writing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which Summit plans to open on June 30, 2010, according to Summit production head Erik Feig.

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Slade is a far cry from Catherine Hardwicke, whose romantic Twilight so far has grossed $380 million worldwide. Slade directed tough indie drama Hard Candy, starring Ellen Page, and the grisly vampire horror adaptation 30 Days of Night, starring Josh Hartnett.

In Meyer's third vampire tale, Bella (Kristen Stewart) is about to graduate from high school. As she tries to choose between vampire Edward (Rob Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner), she is in danger again when a malicious vampire goes on a vengeful killing spree. The second installment, New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz, will open November 20, 2009.

This article is related to: In Production, Genres, Franchises, Twilight, Sequel


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.