The back-to-back filming of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and a third installment, Eclipse, means that Twilight fans will only have to wait half a year for their next fix. The stars of the series have just shown footage of their first sequel at San Diego Comic-Con, and they're getting ready to work on part three.
"We've been doing a lot of prep work," said star Taylor Lautner (Jacob) in a group interview last week in San Diego. Co-star Kristen Stewart added: "There's been a lot of rehearsal."
David Slade (30 Days of Night) steps in to direct the third Twilight Saga film, bringing yet another new vision to the series from previous directors Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) and Chris Weitz (New Moon). "I've only met him twice while I was actually filming New Moon," Lautner said. "I know that he's been up there for a while, scouting locations and stuff. So I'm excited to get up there to talk with him and pick his brain. It's really awesome to have the opportunity to work with so many different directors and work with their different styles. So I'm looking forward to getting to know David."
Stewart is still busy working on the film she crammed in between Twilight films, playing rocker Joan Jett in the biopic The Runaways, and still has her Joan Jett hair to show for it.
"It's hard to talk about [Eclipse] now," Stewart said. "I still have four days of shooting left. I feel that what we're doing is really important. I feel like what The Runaways did was really important, so trying to convey that is really awesome. It's daunting, to say the least."
Reflecting on the different visions brought to the Twilight series, Stewart compared her first two directors. "Catherine was really spontaneous," she continued. "It was like, whatever we had to go through, we had to really go through it. We didn't have a whole lot of time to think about it. It was like whatever we felt, we would just go for it. I don't think we had more time [on New Moon]. For this one, it was much more necessary to reconsider the things that we were saying and what it means for them, because it's not about discovery and unabashed devotion. It's about getting to know yourself and being OK with yourself, and being OK with yourself being alone. It was just different. It was just much calmer. [Chris] is the nicest person I've ever met. He's just so compassionate and way too considerate and so concerned with how you're feeling all the time. In the movie, it's a heavy place where I have to go, very low. It's pretty dark."
The Twilight Saga: New Moon opens Nov. 20. Eclipse is due June 30, 2010.