Drew Barrymore To Direct ‘Twilight’ Sequel ‘Eclipse?’

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 5:24 pm,

Not long after the news that New Moon director Chris Weitz will not be returning to direct The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse, we have the rather surprising news that actress-turned-director Drew Barrymore (yes, that Drew Barrymore) is reportedly among a small group of directors Summit Entertainment is looking at to helm the third film in the vampire franchise.

Has Barrymore directed anything before, I hear you ask? Well she made a TV documentary back in 2004 called Choose or Lose Parents: The Best Place To Start but only recently made her feature directorial debut with Whip It! (currently in post-production and set for a release sometime this year) which stars Ellen Page.

Even though this piece of “news” hasn’t been confirmed (neither Barrymore nor Summit’s reps commented on this story either way), just for discussion’s sake lets say it’s true she’s one of the people being talked to about it – is it a good idea? I don’t think so, simply because of her inexperience as a director. Nothing against her as an actress or personally (I actually really like her) but it seems like a strange decision to be considering her as director for the third installment in such a popular, high profile entity like Twilight.

Who knows, maybe Summit got a look at Whip It! and was impressed enough to at least be interested in her (perhaps her style is what they are looking to achieve with the third Twilight movie). Or it could just simply be a rumor, although the “no comment” mentality of the reps of both Barrymore and Summit could give the story at least some credence.

On a Twilight-related note, it has been confirmed that even though New Moon is to be released in November this year and Eclipse in June 2010, they will not be filmed at the same time (like such franchises as The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean) as you may have thought.

For some reason they are awful keen to get these Twilight movies made and released as soon as possible - what the hell is the damn hurry?

So if this story is true does the notion of Barrymore possibly directing the third Twilight movie sound like a good idea? Or should they go with a more experienced director?

Eclipse is scheduled to be released on June 30th 2010.

Source: EW

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  1. Let her have it.

    Seriously, it’s a franchise that’s marketed to the pre-twentysomethings based on books that seem written with the skill level of a pre-teen.

    So, if it’s good, kudos to Barrymore. If it’s bad, no harm-no foul.

  2. I think the hurry is, they want to make as much money off of this popularity before more people with brains get a hold of it and lay into this crap(I.E. Stephen King, who cannot end a story worth a damn, but will keep you on the edge of your seat for an entire novel).

  3. Absolutely not, She’s nowhere near experienced. I’m 18..nowhere near “pre-teen” and i’m a dedicated fan, have been for over a year now. I don’t want to see these movie’s ruined. I love Drew Barrymore as an actress but i would probably scream if they allowed her to direct New Moon. For goodness sake. If it needs a new director Call Joss Whedon, i love his work and he’d be the best director out of himself, chris, and catherine.

  4. Also didn’t like the fact that Alex insulted SM’s writing skills..that was uncalled for.

  5. Woow…Typo much..yay for flood commenting.
    I meant if they allowed her to direct Eclipse.

    I was frustrated when i was typing the very first comment.

  6. Drew Barrymore? I guess it’s okay. Why even bother with this movie when Joss Whedon did it so much better?

  7. Ahh, no, Joss Whedon would not take the directorial seat for this movie–there’s not a strong enough women character.

    If anything, they should call back Catherine Hardwicke to direct. She’s already done work on the material and coherently understands the material (as much as anyone could). What’s the difference? Fangirls will go see it anyway.

  8. I like the idea. Drew Barrymore has at least some experience when it comes to these types of films. Besides her being in many, many films over the years, she produced Donnie Darko, which turned out to be a fabulous psychological thriller and a cult classic. Also probably the best film Richard Kelly has written thus far. I’m with Alex.

  9. My real question is not WHAT has Barrymore directed before, but what film (television aside) has Barrymore directed or produced where she did not have an acting role as well? If she does end up directing the film, I hope that someone has the right mind to keep her off-screen. Can anyone really picture her fitting into the Twilight universe?

  10. I beleive that the reason they are making the movies as soon as possible is because all 4 books take place within 2 years of the characters lives. Besides Jacob Black and Bella (in Breaking Dawn) no one can look as if they changed physically. I like Drew Barrymore. I am going to watch the movie regardless. I just hope that she does a great job.

  11. “I beleive that the reason they are making the movies as soon as possible is because all 4 books take place within 2 years of the characters lives.”

    You know, that’s funny. Because just about every PROFESSIONAL blogger at all the big sites seem to think the worst of everyone behind those movies. Why? I have no idea. I think it’s a good idea. It really is a fascinating premise. Why else would it b so popular? Granted, maybe it’s not executed so well, but it’s still a fascinating premise.

    Of course, the Japanese have been writing really popular manga about stuff like this for years, so it’s not exactly original. Bloody Kiss isn’t so good, but just consider Vampire Knight and stuff like that. It’s like a whole sub-genre over there. That’s why I think it’s a good idea, even if it wasn’t executed so well this time around.

  12. Eh, I think if you consider it Joss Whedon might consider the job if asked. Because Isabella actually ‘is’ a rather strong female character. And i think that Joss would focus in on the strengths that Stephenie provided her with rather than just how fragile she is to Edward or how clumsy she is the way that Catherine did.

    Catherine …i’m not saying isn’t good. I loved thirteen, but she’s not Twilight material in my opinion. I was severely disappointed by a lot of the first movie, granted there were a few parts i could tolerate and even liked.

    BUT when i walk into a movie for a book that i’m very much in love with and have read a couple hundred-thousand times. (Well Okay…Not ‘That’Much..but still)

    I’m expecting to see a fairly good adaptation on the big screen…You tell me i’m going to see a two hour movie. I expect a few favorite parts from the book to be in it and that it’s going to stick as close as possible to the book.

    What i’m not expecting..is to walk in. Be disappointed…AND feel like i just walked in five minutes ago at the end of the movie..

    And also again, i think Joss Whedon would be perfect. I mean he DID write the relationship for Buffy and Angel.

    Sure Isabella’s no slayer. But he’s got experience with this type of thing, and how fragile the human is to the vampire while the human things just the same about the vampire.

    He knows a lot about this type of thing because he’s worked with it before and his work is fantastic.

    I hope they do call him for at least one of the films. It would be the best out of the four.

    (I don’t own the website, it’s my friends but it’s worth a look anyways =] )