Over the last few months, a lot of cyber-ink has been spilled writing about the revolving door of “Twilight” series directors. And a lot has also been written about the belief by some Twilighters that women filmmakers are better equipped to depict Stephenie Meyer’s tender love story between a vampire and a human. All this made it even more interesting when I interviewed Kellan Lutz recently, and he revealed that Summit did in fact have a filmmaker in their sights for “Eclipse” that wasn’t Drew Barrymore.
And to paraphrase Austin Powers: It was a man, baby!
“I actually heard rumors that they did have a third director, and he fell out, and then they saw more people,” Lutz said of the director for “Eclipse.” “I would say [the name] if I could remember it. But I know it was a guy.”
It’s no secret that “New Moon” director Chris Weitz won’t be directing the third “Twilight” movie – or that sometime around when this mysterious male director dropped out, Summit’s search considered Drew Barrymore.
Regardless, Lutz said the argument that only females should direct “Twilight” films is nonsense. “I don’t think there’s any difference between male or female directors, as far as who can relate,” insisted Lutz, who plans to have a pajama party at his apartment for friends on March 20th – the night that the “Twilight” DVD is being released at midnight. “There’s no big difference of who can do what, or who is better with romance. I did like how Catherine [Hardwicke] did ‘Twilight,’ because it is that Romeo and Juliet type of movie.”
Clearly, the mysterious male “Eclipse” director couldn’t have been a name in the class of Spielberg, Fincher, Del Toro or the like, since Lutz couldn’t recall his name. But still, it’s interesting that Summit is willing to continue with testosterone-driven helmers behind the camera – and now Twilighters everywhere will always wonder who that mysterious dropped-out dude was.
Any guesses? Have you guys heard anything? Let us know!