Barrymore considered as Twilight sequel director

Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore has confirmed rumors that she’s being considered to direct the third movie in the Twilight saga, Eclipse. However, Summit Entertainment remains coy, saying they’re looking at a number of candidates. Other directors reportedly being considered are Paul Weitz (New Moon director Chris Weitz’s brother) and James Mangold, but according to, Spanish horror director Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage), is rumored to be the favorite. A protégé of Guillermo Del Toro, Bayona has never directed an English-language film to date, though he’s signed to helm the horror thriller The Hater for Universal. But are Twilight fans going to appreciate a director who will highlight the horror aspect of the books? Or a director who may turn Eclipse into a light-hearted romp (Barrymore)? Mangold seems to be the most experienced director, with solid hits such as Kate and Leopold, 3:10 to Yuma and the Oscar-winning Walk the Line to his credit, proving he’s not afraid to delve into character relationships while also capable of delivering action. In the meantime, Twilight fans can look forward to New Moon and gauge what kind of job new director Chris Weitz does with the second story in the saga.

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  1. ke • March 11, 2009 @ 11:45 AM

    i don’t know how i feel about these acclaimed directors being attached to a franchise such as this. i just think they’re too good for Twilight and should stay far away. BUT if a good director is at hand then maybe the movies can actually be made in a decent way so…as for the directors, haven’t seen one by Barrymore so i don’t know, Mangold is a great one. i loved 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line. as for Bayona, The Orphanage was a really good horror film. its spanish. and its very well done. i recommend it.

  2. Andy • March 11, 2009 @ 12:14 PM

    Drew barrymore directs movies?

  3. Jessica • March 11, 2009 @ 3:05 PM

    I just like the fact that the series cant seem to hold a directer. considering that Twilight was a painfully bad movie, i cant blame people for not wanting to be a part of it.

  4. lily • March 11, 2009 @ 5:40 PM

    Totally agree, Ke! Loved the Yuma movie and BOUGHT The Orphanage! I also think both directors are way too good for this series, unless they’re revamping the entire cast and making a movie that’s AT LEAST as good as the books! (Must note, though, that I think Dakota Fanning is a brilliant actress and might just be able to carry off ultra-evil Jane…)

  5. nat • March 11, 2009 @ 9:06 PM

    this is a tough one, im not a fan of the first twilight movie and not sure if i will see the rest. but Barrymore directing for this , not so sure she can pull it off, though i have seen her direct before and shes done a good job i guess we wait and see on this one,i guess if they have a darker tone then they should put it in the hands of a darker director ,it that makes any sense, i think Robert Lieberman who directed fire in the sky would be a nice choice.

  6. lily • March 11, 2009 @ 9:13 PM

    VERY nicely written, Nat! I agree with all those good points.

  7. nat • March 11, 2009 @ 9:16 PM

    yuma is good lily. im sorry i take whatever i said back. friends

  8. lily • March 11, 2009 @ 9:19 PM

    Don’t worry about it, we’re good. Friends!!

  9. demigod • March 13, 2009 @ 11:04 PM

    Obviously this series is going to need constant ‘revamping’ 😛

  10. lily • March 14, 2009 @ 7:53 AM

    LOL very clever demigod!

  11. Jo-Anne. • March 15, 2009 @ 4:40 PM

    you guys got me curious for The Orphanage now, I’ll have to make time for it in my tight schedule! ha ha. Loved Yuma and Walk the Line, though can’t say much for Kate and Leopold.

    This Twilight series sure is getting a lot of attention, I guess I’ll have to squeeze in the book readings as well…

    Barrymore an interesting choice, but they seem all over the place on the series, not a lot of consistency so far…

  12. Justine • March 15, 2009 @ 9:34 PM

    I loved Kate & Leopold, Walk the Line AND 3:10 to Yuma. I hope he gets the job. Although I think we should first see how the guy does who’s directing the second one, maybe they should keep him for the next one.

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