Davidslade David Slade has landed the directing gig for “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” the third installment of the series based on the best-selling teenage supernatural romance novels by Stephenie Meyer, Summit announced Wednesday.

So no, Drew Barrymore didn’t get it. Sorry, Drew.

Slade, a Brit (hence the rather, er, cheeky pose) doesn’t have an extensive resume, but he helmed 2007’s Alaskan-set horror film “30 Days of Night” and thus knows a little something about shooting films without lots of cheery sunshine. He’s also reportedly been tapped to direct the still-developing Neil Gaiman urban fantasy “Neverwhere,” which could bode well for “The Twilight Saga’s” more fantastical elements.

Slade also famously directed the claustrophobic and psychologically disturbing “Hard Candy,” staring Ellen Page as a young teen who gets back at an older man whom she suspects is a child predator.

“I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing ‘Eclipse,'” says 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.”

Summit president of production Erik Feig adds, “Stephenie Meyer’s ‘Eclipse’ is a muscular, rich, vivid book and we at Summit looked long and hard for a director who could do it justice. We believe we have found that talent in David Slade, a director who has been able to create complex, visually arresting worlds.”

Twilight_240 “Eclipse” is scheduled for release on June 30, 2010. So that’s only a little over half a year from the Nov. 20 release of its predecessor, “New Moon.”

In “Eclipse,” Bella is still running from a vengeful vampire, but must also contend with mysterious killings that have been going on around Seattle. Oh yeah, and she still has to pick between Edward and Jacob.

Your thoughts? Is this a promising choice? Who’s seen Slade’s films?


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