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From day one David Slade seemed like an odd choice to direct a film in the Twilight franchise – and not least because of his controversial comments damning the first installment. With Eclipse, however, it seemed maybe like Summit were going for a slightly harder-edged feel by choosing him, and it even gave some undecided floating voters a tiny bit of confidence that this next film in the series would have broader appeal than the first two – films which were, let’s be honest, quite squarely targeted at certain easily defined demographics.

Entertainment Weekly now bring news that Slade’s choice of editor and regular collaborator Art Jones has been replaced on the project by Nancy Richardson, editor of the original Catherine Hardwicke movie. The studio said that they were not “blaming” Jones but that the film needed a “stronger” edit. Hmmm. The comments on this one pretty much write themselves – and that ‘Art’ has been replaced by ‘Nancy’ just adds to the comedy potential.

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Wolverine MilkIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley marvel at the new trailer for District 9, discuss the new batch of remakes that Hollywood is mulling over this week, reflect on the relative hopelessness of Eclipse, and spend 55 minutes conducting a review/therapy session over the fate of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Special guests Elisabeth Rappe from Cinematical and Neha Tiwari from DL.TV join us.

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Two nights ago, /Film’s Brendon Connelly unearthed an old interview segment in which David Slade said he would rather get shot rather than view Twilight during that film’s theatrical release. This was an interesting stance, since Slade is now slated to direct the third film in the Twilight saga, Eclipse. Slade related a Twitter message he had made from his now-deleted account, in which he described his decision-making process for whether or not to see the film:

Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk. Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid? Twilight at gun point? Just shoot me.

Naturally, this created a firestorm of criticism in the Twilight community. Slade was recently compelled to respond, and Twilight Lexicon has published an e-mail from Slade in which he repudiates his previous remarks. It reads, in part:
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When Peter compiled his epic and useful list of directors, actors and screenwriters plugged into Twitter, one of those included was Hard Candyman David Slade. Today, however, it seems like Slade’s Twitter account has been deleted, which is a crying shame. Besides the loss of an interesting tweeter, another of the reasons this is unfortunate is that the deletion covers Slade’s tracks a little and hides a rather amusing little attack he launched on the Twilight franchise.

That being the very same Twilight franchise Slade has subsequently signed up to, and for which he will be directing the third installment, Eclipse. Oops.

So, the original Tweet might be gone but after the break we have audio of Slade ripping into Twilight and, if nothing else, its quite funny stuff… and I can’t help wondering what Summit Entertainment, the Twilight cast and Stephenie Meyer think about it?

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As well as his much publicized gig on Eclipse, the third Twilight film, Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night director David Slade also has the horror film Cold Skin in preproduction. Slade has reportedly been working on the project since 2008, consulting with screenwriter Jesus Olmo until they’d arrived at a draft they were pleased with.

According to Variety, this fit-to share screenplay is currently out to cast and, depending on who comes on board, the budget will swing up or down around the $25 million mark. Pleasantly modest moneys, I’d say, and almost definitely set to be leapfrogged by the BO receipts by time the film hits DVD.

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state_of_play1In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley weigh the stupidity of Fox’s multiple Wolverine endings, speculate on David Slade’s capacity to direct Eclipse, and grow ever more dubious of McG’s credibility. Special guests Tyler Smith and David Bax join us from the Battleship Pretension podcast.

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David Slade in Talks To Direct Eclipse

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Update: Summit Entertainment has confirmed that David Slade is now officially signed on the direct Eclipse.

The list of names in line to direct the third Twilight film Eclipse is getting stranger every week. The list of filmmakers rumored to be in consideration has included Drew Barrymore, Juan Antonio Bayona (The Spanish filmmaker who directed The Orphanage), Paul Weitz (Director of American Pie and About a Boy, brother of New Moon director Chris Weitz). Nikki Finke is now reporting that Summit Entertainment is also talking with Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night director David Slade.

While this may seem like an extremely odd choice at first, it really isn’t that strange if you think about it. Slade’s directorial debut Hard Candy worked mostly due to the strong yet vulnerable female performance of Ellen Page. And 30 Days of Night proved that Slade could create some fantastic visuals in a genre film. And it appears that performances and visuals are two major aspects that Summit is trying to address with the sequels.

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