Wasting no time, Summit Entertainment is driving forward on the third installment of the Twilight franchise, Eclipse, by hiring director David Slade. Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the first two Twilight films based on Stephenie Meyer’s vampire bestsellers is currently writing The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, which Summit plans to open on June 30, 2010, according to Summit production head Erik Feig.
Slade is a far cry from Catherine Hardwicke, whose romantic Twilight so far has grossed $380 million worldwide. Slade directed tough indie drama Hard Candy, starring Ellen Page, and the grisly vampire horror adaptation 30 Days of Night, starring Josh Hartnett.
In Meyer’s third vampire tale, Bella (Kristen Stewart) is about to graduate from high school. As she tries to choose between vampire Edward (Rob Pattinson) and werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner), she is in danger again when a malicious vampire goes on a vengeful killing spree. The second installment, New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz, will open November 20, 2009.