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 The comments on this one pretty much write themselves – and that ‘Art’ has been replaced by ‘Nancy’ just adds to the comedy potential.
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Say what you will about the Twilight films, but as they go along and prove to be financially successful, they’re able to attract high-profile creative talent. If nothing else, I’m happy to see these films as paycheck gigs for people like Howard Shore, who is now the composer for Eclipse, directed by David Slade. Not that Shore really needs a paycheck gig, I suppose, but I’m happy to see his name in a credits list. Years of appreciation for David Cronenberg’s films (for which Shore has been a mainstay) have led to a real appreciation of his work.
MovieScore Magazine reports that Shore has the gig. He’s the third composer for the series. Carter Burwell scored the first film, and Alexandre Desplat did the deed for New Moon. That’s a pretty killer lineup of composers Summit has assembled. Can’t wait to see who gets the nod for the final film in the series.
It’s casting notes time again! First up, Michael Fassbender, the British film critic lieutenant from Inglourious Basterds, has been cast in the thriller A Single Shot, working under director David Jacobson. He’s appearing alongside a great cast: William H. Macy, Thomas Haden Church and a newly slim Forest Whitaker. (Seriously, check out this pic of Whitaker in The Experiment. Give the guy a sandwich!) Fassbender will be a poacher on the run from killers — we don’t yet know the killers, but it’s not difficult to speculate that Church and Whitaker might be the guys.[Variety]
After the break, more William H. Macy news, with Juno Temple, and an on-the-nose vampiric turn from the guy who reminded us that Bela Lugosi is dead. Read More »
Which of the participants in the mini-play that has erupted over the casting of Bryce Dallas Howard in Eclipse do you suppose sparkles is the evil vampire? Is it Rachelle Lefevre, who claims she didn’t know that she’d been scrapped in favor of Bryce Dallas Howard? (Shades of Marvel / Terrence Howard / Don Cheadle there.) Or is it the Summit execs who claim that she made her own bed by taking a job that would have interfered with the Eclipse shoot? Both sides have issued statements, and if you hate Twilight, you’ll probably love this. Read More »
Update: Access Hollywood talked to Lefevre after the news was announced, and apparently she was stunned by the recast move.
It seems that more and more Eclipse is becoming the Twilight film to pay attention to. First we caught word that David Slade would be directing the film—which is interesting not only because he’s a talented up and coming director, but because he’s also had some unkind words to say about the series (Slade has since distanced himself from his earlier remarks). Now we’ve learned from that Bryce Dallas Howard is taking on the villain role of Victoria, replacing Rachelle Lefevre who portrayed the character in the first two Twilight films.
The official reason for Lefevre’s departure is a “scheduling confict”, though you’d have to wonder what would convince someone to drop one of the biggest new film franchises. Hitfix points out that Lefevre has been a big supporter of the series who seemed adamant on making the time for Eclipse back in May, so there’s very likely a bigger story behind this casting change.
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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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In 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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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.