I never — not in a million, gazillion years — thought I would type the above headline. But here we are. Record this date into history. I have been impressed by a trailer for a Twilight movie. The trailer for the upcoming David Slade-directed film The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has made its way online after debuting on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
It’s all conforming to a certain amount of logic, though. Because as you know, the third and fourth books in Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series do go off the rails a bit. They are much darker, much more violent and they get twisted up in as much science fiction as they do brooding. It is still a mystery as to whether Summit Entertainment will take the full leap and include some of the darkest elements of the books, but if this trailer has anything to say about it, they’re on their way. As you will see below, Eclipse is still about Bella (Kristen Stewart) and her affair with a much older man named Edward (Robert Pattinson). They are now together, much to the chagrin of wolf-boy Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Only this time, a war is about to break out between two clans of vampires. And Edward’s crew must join forces with the wolves in order to avoid the obliteration of their blood-sucking line. And any movie that could end with obliteration is okay by me.
When Eclipse hits theaters on June 30, questions will be answered. Can Twilight be more than just a built-in fan base only franchise? Can David Slade make something interesting and dark out of a franchise built on poorly constructed characters and long-form staring? We can’t rule out any possibilities. At least not yet.
Editor’s Note: The trailer we received below was very low-resolution. We will update with a higher-res version as soon as possible.