With The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’s June 30 release date just over two months away, LaineyGossip is reporting that Summit is calling for reshoots and that current director David Slade might not be on the other line. Instead, rumor has it they’re reaching out to Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first Twilight and Chris Weitz, who directed The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
The scenes in question are, reportedly, some fight sequences and sequences between Bella and Edward in a meadow. The problem is that Robert Pattinson is currently shooting Bel Ami overseas and fitting a week of reshoots into his schedule is proving difficult. The Playlist also points out that Hardwicke is already in Vancouver, where Eclipse was shot, working on The Girl With the Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried so her involvement isn’t as crazy as it sounds.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on what this could mean for the blockbuster film.
Most people hear the term “reshoots” and they automatically assume the film is doomed. In the case of Eclipse, the film could be Bella, Jacob and Edward standing stationary for 2.5 hours (and most likely will be) and it would still be a success. That said, reshoots are a normal part of the filmmaking process. Sometimes a filmmaker gets into the editing suite and realizes that something just doesn’t work. Or they are missing something. Or another idea pops into their head. On most films, that person doesn’t have the money or resources to indulge those impulses. On a film like Eclipse, a director has all the money and resources in the world.
The biggest question here is David Slade. Even if Slade himself comes back to do the reshoots, which is still possible, the fact that the former two directors names were even floated as a rumor begs the question of how he is doing on his first massive, Hollywood movie. I guess we’ll all just have to wait until June 30 to find out.