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So Is Juan Antonio Bayona Directing ‘Eclipse’ Or Not?

eclipsenovel-031309There are conflicting reports about the accuracy of a piece written by Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily (and later confirmed by Variety) that Juan Antonio Bayona is directing The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse.

Here’s the quick rundown.  Yesterday, I reported on news that Summit Entertainment had settled on a director for The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse, and the director would be Bayona.  But now comes word from Summit (via a piece in the LA Times) that the reports were inaccurate and that the studio hasn’t settled on director to helm the film.  From the LA Times:

“The ‘Eclipse’ directing job hasn’t been offered to Juan Antonio or anyone else,” Erik Feig, president of production at Summit said. “We’ve met with three or four talented filmmakers and we’ll be meeting with three or four more other candidates before we make any decision. No one has been offered the job.”

For her part, Finke stands by her original story and points out that in her original piece she was careful to note that the announcement was being kept under wraps for the time being: “I can confirm that Summit Entertainment is telling Hollywood privately that Juan Antonio Bayona will direct Eclipse.”

So it seems to me that Bayona will be the director, it’s just that Summit wants to be the one to make it all official.

The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse hits theaters on June 30, 2010.  The film will be preceded by the second film in the franchise, The Twilight Saga’s New Moon on November 20, 2009.

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