‘The Orphanage’ Director To Helm Twilight’s ‘Eclipse?’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 24th, 2009 at 8:23 pm,

eclipse book cover The Orphanage Director To Helm Twilights Eclipse?It was reported a couple of weeks ago that actress-turned-director Drew Barrymore was amongst a small group of people being looked at to helm The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse (or The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, or just Eclipse, or whatever the hell they’re calling it). A diverse list that reportedly ranges from Barrymore, to New Moon director Chris Weitz’s brother Paul, to Walk the Line director James Mangold.

Well the latest name being thrown around is horror filmmaker and Guillermo Del Toro protege Juan Antonio Bayona, who made the uber-creepy The Orphanage last year. Although a few of the other names have been dismissed by the powers that be, Bayona has surfaced more than once and out of those suggested seems like the most credible candidate to end up getting the gig.

If he were to be the chosen one, that would make three different directors for the three installments in the franchise – a female breakout director, Catherine Hardwicke with Twilight, a mainstream action/fantasy director in Chris Weitz for New Moon, and now possible a genre filmmaker for Eclipse. Although I would have preferred that they would have just stuck with Hardwicke for all three (I really think this franchise requires the female touch – Hardwicke did a decent job with the first one), it’s also pleasing to see them be so bold and hire a different director for each installment.

Bayona’s Spanish language The Orphanage put him firmly on the horror movie map (if you haven’t seen it by the way, I highly recommend it), and his being held up high by Del Toro doesn’t exactly hurt his reputation. For those of you wondering if he’s ever made an English language film before he’s scheduled to make his first one for Universal called Hater, described as “a dystopian thriller.”

I understand (and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) that the third book has some full-on battles between vampires and werewolves, so in that way Bayona’s experience with that sort of thing could make him a great choice for it.

So would Bayona be a good choice to direct the third film in the Twlight franchise? If not, who should direct instead?

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  1. I don’t know.
    Full on Werewolf against Vampire battles?

    This is wholly unacceptable, and I know I’m likely to stir up a lot of disdain amongst some readers with this; It just seems unnecessary. This is the type of half-fast schlock best-associated with the fan-fiction sites so prevalent on the internet.

    This type of material has been done, maybe not to death, but often enough before, in the Underworld series of movies. Which, survey says, are not that good.

    I maintain that Stephenie Meyer writes with a style consistent with the aforementioned fan-fiction sites, and I feel that by making her bodice-ripping word-waste into big-budget movies is perpetuating the downfall of creativity in modern cinema.

    I’m not out to offend the fans of such media, I just feel that money in Hollywood would be better spent on movies that didn’t, eh… suck?

  2. I don’t know.
    Full on Werewolf against Vampire battles?

    This is wholly unacceptable, and I know I’m likely to stir up a lot of disdain amongst some readers with this; It just seems unnecessary. This is the type of half-fast schlock best-associated with the fan-fiction sites so prevalent on the internet.

    This type of material has been done, maybe not to death, but often enough before, in the Underworld series of movies. Which, survey says, are not that good.

    I maintain that Stephenie Meyer writes with a style consistent with the aforementioned fan-fiction sites, and I feel that by making her bodice-ripping word-waste into big-budget movies it’s perpetuating the downfall of creativity in modern cinema.

    I’m not out to offend the fans of such media, I just feel that money in Hollywood would be better spent on movies that didn’t, eh… suck?

    ADDENDUM: Please delete the previous.

  3. well i love the books by stephenie meyer. the movies aren’t as good but they dont suck like most people thought twilight would.

    Also the thing with eclipse is that, yes there are battles between vampires and werewolves but stephenie meyer doesn’t actually write anything about the fights until after it happens. all you read about is edward, jacob and bella waiting for tne fight to stop. but (*SPOILER) there is also one very small fight with victoria and edward, and a new born and seth. But it doesn’t last very long.

    So Bayona’s experience would only be used in one small scene. SO the movie should be directed by someone who has made lots of action drama films not horror.

  4. well
    whatever it is
    but i do want these guys to make the movie eclipse
    i mean whatever it is but the novels are just so awesome
    the love story of a vamp and a human with a werevolf coming into their lives..
    it is somewhere fascinating
    stephanie meyer has done her part writing these