The rumour-mongering and chatter can finally end, ladies and gentlemen. It has been confirmed that David Slade, the director of Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night has been signed up to helm the third Twilight film, Eclipse.
If nothing else, you have to give the Twilight producers at Summit some credit on their method for choosing directors. Catherine Hardwicke, best known at the time for her helming of the evil teen parable Thirteen and the underrated, and somewhat underdone, Lords of Dogtown, was never any sort of obvious choice to take on the project, even if that proved to be a mistake overall. Chris Weitz was less of a surprise given his work on The Golden Compass and Slade, who’s already taken on vampires of a kind, isn’t really a huge surprise. But, that said, they are at least not just quick job hacks promoted from writing or producing production line crap.
Catherine Hardwicke, the director so unceremoniously dumped from the Twilight series after directing the first installment, is to return by taking on an adaptation of Maximum Ride, the comics book series by James Patterson.
The series follow six teenagers that undergo a genetic experiment after which they become half-bird/half-human. They then escape from the laboratory which has performed such experiments on them and are pursued by another genetically mutated clan, this time the half-wolf/half-human pack called the Erasers.
So, Hardwicke moves from sparkling vampires to bird-people? Quite an interesting career path. I’ve not seen the comics but this does not sound particularly conducive to a screen adaptation without accidentally recalling Howard the Duck.