3/11/2009

Twilight saga fans say Drew Barrymore should not direct Eclipse


As adorable as she may be, fans of the Twilight series have spoken: Drew Barrymore should not be slated to direct Eclipse, the much-anticipated summer 2010 movie.

Eclipse is the third of the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer, and fans were delighted to hear that it was fast-tracked for summer release (which would make it come roughly only half a year after New Moon). However, recent chatter has arisen after the rumor that Chris Weitz, slated director for November's New Moon (starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner), will not be returning to direct Eclipse.

Recently, there's been talk of Drew Barrymore, long-term actress and American sweetheart, taking the reigns of the directing. Twilight fans have spoken, and they say loud and clearly "no."

Barrymore, who is in post-production from directing Whip-It!, in her major film debut as a director, has little experience, they say. Already profoundly upset about the controversy surrounding the departure of Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight (though some fans are glad to see a change in this regard), Twilight fans not only want stability, but they want accuracy and devotion to our beloved Eclipse book.

There is plenty to do in filming Eclipse, just based on the book itself, we say. I agree, fans. While I love Drew as an actress, I am weary of putting her in the director's seat for the book-to-movie translation (which we hope is spot on) of this powerful and exciting part of the series.

Other rumors have circulated that Chris Weitz's brother has been suggested for the role. Chris, who has directed The Golden Compass and About a Boy, is already on shaky grounds with Twilight fans who are suspicious of his ability to bring the story to life for us. So who is this brother of his? You ask, I answer. Paul Weitz, director of American Pie, Down to Earth, In Good Company, and American Dreamz, is Chris's brother. Notice anything about the titles he's worked on? I did. Aside from American Pie, these all were flacid commercial pictures - not high-quality, gut-wrenching saga material like Eclipse is bound to be.

With all the director-shifting going on here, we Twilight fans are getting quite confused. Which is the worser of the two: Drew Barrymore or Paul Weitz? Is there someone else who you think should be behind the camera for Eclipse?

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