Hardwicke and Weitz Returning for Twilight: Eclipse Reshoots?
While we're very nonchalant with our distaste for The Twilight Saga, it's never really satisfying to have a film suffer production woes. After dealing with some sketchy comments from director David Slade (which he has since renounced) before he was brought onto the third installment, Eclipse, there's been rumblings of a poor creative relationship between Slade and Summit. Now comes word (via The Playlist) from Lainey Gossip (who Playlist says is reliable) that a few key scenes and fight sequences need reshoots and Summit may potentially bring in previous franchise directors Catherine Hardwicke and/or Chris Weitz instead.
This isn't entirely an off the wall move, as there appeared to be some issues with Slade's work on the third installment as early last month. There's no reason to think there are any negative connotations behind this, however EW reported last month editor Art Jones (who has worked with Slade before) was replaced with Nancy Richardson, who worked on the first film. Apparently producers wanted stronger edit from someone with Twilight experience. Sounds similar to the issues Universal had with The Wolfman, and while this isn't meant to reflect poorly on Slade's work, it doesn't sound like things have been going that well with Summit.
Lainey's source says Slade's working relationship with Summit has had numerous creative differences, and apparently it has deteriorated so much that the production company decided to consider other options for reshoots that will require Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson to work long hours. They say Hardwicke seems a more likely choice as she is currently in Vancouver (where the reshoots would take place) working on pre-production for The Girl With the Red Riding Hood, and that she has even been scouting out studio locations for the reshoots (though she could just as easily be looking for these things for Red Riding Hood).
However, it looks like Slade and Summit may be working things out anyway, and the director could just as easily be brought back in the en anywayd. For now take this news with a grain of salt as a big gossipy rumor, but stay tuned to see if anything else happens. Seems to be a lot of reshoots going on nowadays. Thoughts?
Update: Summit says this isn't accurate, and while there will indeed be some reshoots, it's David Slade who will be directing them. But of course they're going to try and cover up any negativity! Anne Thompson of indieWIRE got a Summit spokesperson to confirm that they're doing "two to three days of 'pick-ups' with Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in Vancouver, in the next few weeks" and Slade will be working on them. They also told her that Summit still likes Slade and this could be "the best of the three." Who knows if that is really true? Plus, who really cares? Most people I know aren't even going to see Eclipse in the end anyway.