Eclipse director rumours
The rumours about directors for Eclipse, the third in the series of films from the from Stephenie Meyer that started with Twilight, have been going mad of late. There's been Drew Barrymore, Paul Weitz, and now another name is being mentioned, Juan Antonio Bayona, a protege of Guillermo Del Toro's.
What's interesting about this is that the media is pouncing on every single rumour and vague announcement, and what we fail to realise is that this works like any other job interview, the employer will be looking at a number of names.
It's not as if the studio will look to director X who will say no, the deal won't work out, or they just don't get through the interview well enough and then they'll randomly look for another director and start the process all over again.
Like any other job interview they'll have a few in mind, and they're maybe approaching a few at a time, discussing the possibility of directing the film, being approached by directors who would like to helm the film, and so on.
What is probably happening here is that since one director has revealed themselves, or been revealed, as being in that process to the media the marketing people of the other names involved have decided to stand up and be noticed by the media frenzy and the fans desperate to hear more about their franchise. Possibly in the hope of gaining momentum behind their cause and publicising their chances of getting the role. After all, any publicity is good publicity, even if they don't get picked for the job.
“...one of the directors that is being talked about, which is great, because I'm a director now...”
Now the next one in the running to be revealed through The Hollywood Reporter in a very short story is Juan Antonio Bayona who is described as Guillermo Del Toro's protege, but of course is a director in his own right and has El Orfanato to his recent credits and is directing the Del Toro produced Hater.
An interesting choice, and it's following the Harry Potter mould well, but we have to wonder how many other names are being considered that aren't entering into the publicity fray. Possibly many more. There must be tons of job applications sitting on that studio executives' desk for this promising and highly successful series. Who will be mentioned next?