The Twilight Saga: New Moon comes out in a couple of weeks, but the film's stars are already looking ahead to the third movie in the vampire franchise, Eclipse, which they're filming for a June 30, 2010, release. David Slade directs the third installment, based on Stephenie Meyer's Twilight franchise of books, and the stars offered up spoilers for Eclipse.
As fans know, New Moon sets up the love triangle among Bella (Kristen Stewart), Jacob (Taylor Lautner) and Edward (Robert Pattinson). When Edward breaks up with Bella, Jacob protects her from danger and helps her overcome her depression. Bella also discovers that Jacob comes from a family of werewolves.
In Eclipse, things get more complicated. Here are six things to look forward to in the next chapter from stars Stewart and Lautner, who spoke to reporters last week in Beverly Hills, Calif. (New Moon opens Nov. 20.)
It's another big change. New Moon shakes things up by breaking up the main couple, Bella and Edward. If that is traumatic for you, just wait until Eclipse. "Just like New Moon, it sort of starts and becomes a completely new movie," Stewart said. "Just as soon as you think you're going to get the same story, all of a sudden that it completely changes."
Bella is back to her old self. New Moon puts Bella through the wringer with her breakup and placing her between Edward and Jacob. By the time of Eclipse, she's prepared to handle what's coming. "Bella is much more back to herself," Stewart said. "She's content now. She's again comfortable and self-assured in a way that she wasn't in New Moon."
Love hurts more the third time around. With Edward back in the picture, Eclipse really complicates things with Bella and Jacob. "I just love that it's the height of the love triangle," Lautner said. "Twilight develops Edward and Bella's relationship; New Moon develops Jacob and Bella's; and in Eclipse, the three of them are physically together."
Team Jacob is in for a disappointment. Jacob may look impressive as a werewolf in New Moon, but seriously, we all know that Bella's destined to be with Edward. "Bella is innately honest," Stewart said. "That's something that I feel she is. In Eclipse, she lies to herself and she lies to everybody around her about the fact that she's in love with Jacob, just not as much. It's not that extra thing that you can't really even describe. We had so much to work with."
The big battle is coming. In Eclipse, the vampire Cullens and the werewolf Blacks team up to fight an army of newborn vampires. "The effects as well were even more [involving]," Stewart said. "There's a big battle that happens, and that was more than we had to deal with on New Moon. So it was cool."
Eclipse director Slade shakes things up, but not too much. As the third director to helm a Twilight film, Slade (30 Days of Night) brought his own vision but didn't mess with what's been working for two films. "He came up with a lot of stuff that I would've never thought of, and he's quite good at the whole technical aspect of moviemaking, which is so completely over my head," Stewart said. "So I got to feel safe that he had that handled, and me, Rob and Taylor just sort of did our thing."