30 Days' David Slade will helm Twilight: Eclipse

Summit Entertainment announced today that David Slade has been hired to direct The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third installment in the hit franchise, based on a screenplay by Melissa Rosenberg.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film based on Stephenie Meyer's best-selling book series, will be released theatrically in North America on June 30, 2010.

"I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing Eclipse," Erik Feig, Summit's president of production, said in a statement. "He's a visionary filmmaker who has so much to offer this franchise. From the beginning, we've been blessed with wonderful directorial talent for the Twilight Saga, and I'm so happy that Eclipse will be carrying on with that tradition."

Slade came to prominence as a director for his work on 2006's Hard Candy and 2007's 30 Days of Night.

Chris Weitz is helming the second installment, New Moon, which is in production now in Vancouver, Canada, for a Nov. 20 release.

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