Orphanage Director Juan Antonio Bayona Helming Eclipse

March 11, 2009

Juan Antonio Bayona

From The Orphanage to Twilight. Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona has been hired by Summit to direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. It was initially rumored that Drew Barrymore might direct the sequel, but Summit has since decided to hand over the reigns to Bayona in the end. Eclipse is being shot back-to-back with the currently in-production The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and is already set for release on June 30th, 2010. Bayona is a protege of Guillermo del Toro, who originally found him and helped produce his first feature film, The Orphanage, after having directed numerous shorts and music videos.

It's a bit odd that Summit wants a completely different direct for each of the three Twilight films, but maybe it's good that they keep things fresh. For those who aren't familiar with Stephenie Meyer's novels, Eclipse focuses on an "army" of newborn vampires who show up in the Seattle area. The Cullen family joins forces with Jacob's werewolf pack to fight off these new vampires in a big battle. I know a lot of people who thought Bayona's The Orphanage was one of the best horror films in recent years, so it'll be very interesting to see how much he brings to the Twilight franchise. Maybe he'll actually attract a wider audience this time?

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.....Or maybe he'll cut down the number of flailing Edward fangirls with some real vampire horror? 'Cause that would be really great. And twisted. And I might actually like it.

Daniel on Mar 12, 2009


Stop twilight its a sign of the end of the world please stop!!!!!

Tom W on Mar 12, 2009


I really did enjoy The Orphanage. It was a great movie. Wait, is Eclipse the 3rd or 2nd, or 4th?

Daniel on Mar 12, 2009


It's the 3rd movie... It goes Twilight, then New Moon, then Eclipse, then Breaking Dawn. Don't ask me how I know that...

Alex Billington on Mar 12, 2009


He's a damn good, inspired choice to helm the 3rd "Twilight" flick! "The Orphanage" was a really great, scary flick! The "Twilight" franchise has wonderfully upgraded. This is interesting, indeed.

Spider on Mar 12, 2009


I might watch the 3rd flick just b/c I loved the Orphanage. #5 is right. scary as hell film.

dave13 on Mar 12, 2009


can we stop with the twilight news

pj on Mar 12, 2009


Umm, No. Go Bayona.

Shom on Mar 12, 2009


omg this sucks, they arent goin to use this director i love him, and there giving it to some other director, that completley ruins eclipse for me

kinsey on Jul 1, 2009

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