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Slade Signs As Eclipse Director

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Slade Signs As Eclipse Director
The cast of the Twilight franchise are in for a scary ride when filming starts on the vampire series' third outing Eclipse - horror moviemaker David Slade has been signed to the project.

Speculation over the director of the third bloodsucking movie has been rife over recent months, with Drew Barrymore and Juan Antonia Bayona both being linked to the coveted position.

Catherine Hardwicke broke records with her take on Twilight, while Chris Weitz is currently in charge of the forthcoming sequel New Moon.

But bosses at film studio Summit and author of the books from which the films are adapted, Stephenie Meyer, have given the green light for the third picture, Eclipse, to take a more sinister twist - by hiring scare master Slade.

The director is famous for his dark films, including Hard Candy in 2005, and has already worked with the vampire genre - directing 2007's critically acclaimed 30 Days Of Night.

And Meyer is adamant Slade is the right guy for the job: "I am thrilled that David Slade will be directing Eclipse. He's a visionary filmmaker who has so much to offer this franchise.

"From the beginning, we've been blessed with wonderful directorial talent for the Twilight Saga, and I'm so happy that Eclipse will be carrying on with that tradition."

Briana Evigan has 'Bright' spot

Briana Evigan has 'Bright' spot
"Step Up 2 the Streets'" Briana Evigan has landed the lead role in Sobini Films' tiger-run-amok thriller "Burning Bright".

Evigan will play a woman who wakes in the midst of a hurricane to find a tiger roaming through her home. With her stepfather nowhere to be found, she is forced to drag her autistic young brother through the house in a desperate attempt at survival.

Carlos Brooks will direct for producers Mark Amin and Cami Winikoff of Sobini and David Higgins ("Hard Candy") of Launchpad Prods. Higgins also wrote the story for "Burning", which begins shooting July 14 in Florida. Sobini Films has a first-look deal with Lionsgate.

Evigan, whose father Greg starred opposite a chimpanzee on the 1979-81 NBC series "BJ and the Bear", will next appear in the "Donnie Darko" sequel "S. Darko".

She is repped by Gersh and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

Focus gains Momentum for 'Hamlet 2'

Focus gains Momentum for 'Hamlet 2'
BERLIN -- British entertainment shingle Momentum Pictures has acquired all U.K. rights to the hot Sundance title Hamlet 2, in one of the first big deals of the festival.

The agreement was completed with Universal-based Focus Features, which acquired worldwide rights to the film in January in Park City for a reported $10 million. Focus is selling the picture here in Berlin.

The high school satire centers on American drama teacher Dana Marszh (Steve Coogan), a guy who spends his time name-dropping about time spent on the Mrs. Doubtfire set in a desperate attempt to impress his students. Meanwhile, his marriage to wife, Brie (Catharine Keener), is crumbling away.

The film was directed by Andrew Fleming (Nancy Drew) and co-written by Fleming and Pam Brady, whose credits include South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and Hot Rod. Momentum also has acquired Hard Candy helmer David Slade's Unthinkable from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, which also concluded sales on the title to Russia's Top Films.

Unthinkable centers on the interrogation of a man who knows the location of three nuclear weapons set to detonate in the U.S.

Wilson on 'Passenger' list for Col

Wilson on 'Passenger' list for Col
Patrick Wilson has signed on to star as the male lead in the supernatural thriller Passengers, being produced and financed by Mandate Pictures.

Anne Hathaway already has boarded the Rodrigo Garcia-helmed film, which Columbia Pictures will release domestically.

Penned by Ronnie Christensen, Passengers centers on a grief counselor (Hathaway) who helps six plane crash survivors and develops a special connection with one of them. When the survivors begin to disappear mysteriously, she suspects a conspiracy and becomes determined to uncover the truth.

Wilson, who stars opposite Kate Winslet in the Golden Globe nominated Little Children, will play Eric, the survivor who becomes romantically involved with Hathaway's character.

Mockingbird Pictures' Julie Lynn, Intuition Prods.' Keri Selig and Persistent Entertainment's Judd Payne and Matthew Rhodes are producing. Mandate's Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane are executive producing.

Wilson, whose credits include Hard Candy and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, next appears in Ed Burns' Purple Violets, Evening with Meryl Streep and Claire Danes and Life in Flight opposite Amy Smart.

'Hard Candy' wins top nod at Sitges fest

'Hard Candy' wins top nod at Sitges fest
MADRID -- David Slade's Hard Candy was the big winner as the Sitges International Film Festival wrapped Monday, winning the best film, script and audience awards. Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To took the best director honors for his Election, while Lee Yeong-ae won best actress for her role in Korean Chan-wook Park's Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. Tsai Ming-Liang's The Wayward Cloud from Taiwan garnered the best actor nod for Lee Kang-sheng and the special jury prize for what the jury called "its bold aesthetic and moral discourse against sexual alienation."

Lions Gate pays pretty penny for 'Candy'

Lions Gate pays pretty penny for 'Candy'
PARK CITY -- Angry teen revenge flick Hard Candy was sold late Monday night during the Sundance Film Festival in a $4 million deal that has a big potential upside for the indie filmmakers. Distributor Lions Gate Films purchased North American and worldwide rights, with the exception of the United Kingdom, Australia and Spain, for $2.25 million against 20% of the gross. The other three territories are being negotiated separately, with the United Kingdom likely to go to Red Bus, Aurum Films buying Spain and Mel Gibson's Icon Prods. purchasing Australian rights. Lions Gate won the bidding war against New Line Cinema. Focus Features dropped out of the deal before bidding got too hot. "What differentiates Lions Gate's offer is the gross corridor," said Rena Ronson, an agent with William Morris Independents who negotiated the deal along with her partner Cassian Elwes, Doug Stone and Rosanne Korenberg of Traction Media. "This is a very attractive deal for the filmmakers and the financiers."

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