- Cast: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Gil Birmingham, Christian Serratos, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jodelle Ferland, Julia Jones, Cameron Bright, Sarah Clarke, Michael Welch, Kirsten Prout, BooBoo Stewart, Jack Huston, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Alex Meraz, Justin Chon, Chaske Spencer, Kiowa Gordon, Daniel Cudmore, Leah Gibson, Xavier Samuel, Tinsel Korey, Charlie Bewley, Bronson Pelletier, Ben Geldreich
- Director: David Slade
- Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Stephenie Meyer
- Producers: Wyck Godfrey, Greg Mooradian, Karen Rosenfelt
- Co Producer: Bill Bannerman
- Executive Producers: Marty Bowen, Mark Morgan
- Art Directions: Catherine Ircha, Jeremy Stanbridge
- Castings: Stuart Aikins, Sean Cossey, Rene Haynes
- Costume Design: Tish Monaghan
- D.O.P.: Javier Aguirresarobe
- Editor: Art Jones
- Makeup: Charles Porlier
- Music: Howard Shore
- Production Design: Paul D. Austerberry
- Set Decorations: Shannon Gottlieb, Rose Marie McSherry
In "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, she is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Vancouver, Canada
- Production Budget: $70 million
- Production Companies: Summit Entertainment, Imprint Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 17 August 2009 - 31 October 2009
2010 Guide Analysis: "Everyone subscribes to at least one kind of fandom - a show, film, genre or filmmaker where they really respond to and relish in the little details of the work presented. It's an interesting phenomenon because its entirely subjective, others will look at the same work and might even like it but simply don't share the same zealotry admiration that you may have. What seems exciting to you is tired or silly to them, it's not a matter of "not getting it" but rather a mix of taste, experience and often indefiniable qualities completely different to each individual.
Certain fandoms though pull in a large consensus of like minded people, usually of the same demographic. "Twilight" is one such case, fuelled almost entirely by a massive fanbase of women who have normally not associated themselves with vampire-related subject matter in the past and thus the work feels fresh to them. Men on the other hand are usually well-associated with vampire films/shows and, combined with the admittedly overcooked romance angle, find the whole craze tedious.
Critical dismissals are no surprise as it's a male-dominated occupation and the few females who do it full time tend to be older. Money however can't be dismissed and with the record-shattering opening of "New Moon", anyone who simply ignores this phenomenon does so at their own peril. An article on CHUD the other month which essentially cut and pasted the "Breaking Dawn" wikipedia synopsis and added a few snarky comments became an online sensation, which goes to show you the power that just the "Twilight" name itself has.
'Eclipse' in many ways marks the most interesting test for this franchise. It's the most action heavy of the four and from anecdotal reports and comments it seems to be the one voted the 'best' of the books by fans even if the first or fourth book are their personal favourites. Story wise it certainly sounds the strongest of the four, while the inclusion of the truly edgy and potent director David Slade ("30 Days of Night," "Hard Candy") actually has some outside of the franchise's fanbase at least somewhat curious.
The leak the other week of the script online means nothing, only fans will read it and the only thing spoiled are the changes made to the film from the book which no doubt someone will go into extensively on a blog somewhere. Nothing and no-one will stop this film from destroying records next year, with the "Iron Man" and "Harry Potter" sequels will prove its only serious challenges for box-office domination. Get ready for more Team Edward/Jacob merchandise everywhere and whinging guys bitching about how these books and films are the main cause for the decline of Western civilisation."