New Moon footage and Eclipse gains director
There's some preview footage for the upcoming New Moon, the sequel to the successful Twilight, online, and at the same time we hear about the new director for Eclipse, the third in the franchise.
The director announcement is a bit of a surprise, especially considering the fact that he directed 30 Days of Night (Filmstalker review), and vampire film that may be, but it's definitely not a teen romance film with the eunuch-type vampires we see in Twilight.
However let's be realistic, just because a director makes one type of film doesn't mean he can't make another, look at what McGr is doing with his career. The same is obviously being said about David Slade, and although he did direct a vampire film already, the two could not be more poles apart.
Through The Hollywood Reporter Stephanie Meyer revealed that she was delighted for the choice:
"He's a visionary film-maker 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. "
That's a damn good sign if the author is saying that, and we hear similar things from the studio, apparently the decision is all about the visionary style of David Slade.
However what that does suggest is that this isn't about the darkness of 30 Days of Night, about the violence, gore, etc., but more about the filming style and the style of how the story was told.
Now that's no bad thing, but it isn't really 30 Days of Night is it?
In the meantime, here are the two New Moon preview clips.