In a wholly unsurprising twist, Eclipse director David Slade is not having a fun time with Summit. Creative differences have "supposedly deteriorated to the point that they were actually considering hiring someone else to re-shoot in Vancouver." Things between the director and studio has since improved, but no agreements have been made. Nevertheless, Summit is, in fact, so desperate that they've even looked to the director they tossed aside. It seems that both Chris Weitz and Catherine Hardwicke (who is currently in Vancouver) have been considered. The latter has even secretly scouted space for the re-shoot.
It's probably safe to say that Eclipse won't be quite the dark Slade-fest some hoped for, considering the creative differences and source material. But when all is said and done, will it be a worthy sequel or an all-out, re-shot mess? It's not a good sign when two of the key scenes from the novel need to be redone this late in the game. And just what were those creative differences, anyway?
UPDATE: HitFix.com reports that some pick-up scenes (not re-shoots) are underway with director David Slade, and also that no other directors have been brought in. More right here. --sw