David Slade Tapped to Direct ‘Eclipse’

Even as the cast and crew push ahead with the Twilight sequel New Moon in Vancouver, Summit Entertainment is putting the pieces together for the vampire saga’s third installment.

MTV reports that David Slade with take over the directing reins from Chris Weitz for Eclipse. Slade has some experience in the vampire genre, having directed 30 Days of Night, starring Josh Hartnett. He also helmed the unnerving child-abuse film Hard Candy, starring Juno’s Ellen Page and Watchmen’s Patrick Wilson.

The announcement comes after a series of false reports about who would be directing Eclipse. Most notably, Drew Barrymore was said to be in the running for the project.

“I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing Eclipse,” Twilight author Stephenie Meyer said in a statement. “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.”

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