‘The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse’: Coming On June 30, 2010

Third film in 'Twilight' series gets release date.

Just a day after “Twilight” fans got a look at the [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/02/19/twilight-exclusive-new-moon-art-and-official-title-revealed"]artwork for “New Moon,”[/url] they’re getting another treat: On June 30, 2010, “Eclipse” is coming.

“Yes, it’s true,” a source at Summit Entertainment confirmed to MTV News Friday evening (February 20). ” ‘The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse’ is dated for Wednesday, June 30, 2010.”

The big news comes [url id="http://www.deadlinehollywooddaily.com/twilight-fans-rejoice-summit-announces-movie-threequel-eclipse-release-date-june-30-2010/"]on the heels of a report[/url] that the “Twilight” studio had selected a release date for the third film in the series. The threequel’s plot synopsis was also leaked for the first time.

“As Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger,” the plotline explains of the film based on Stephenie Meyer’s “Eclipse” novel. “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 has one more decision to make: life or death.”

The studio has been quick to point out that “New Moon” and “Eclipse” will not be shooting back-to-back, as franchises from “The Matrix” to “Lord of the Rings” have done in the past. The studio also has not chosen a director for “Eclipse,” meaning that Chris Weitz’s “New Moon” turn at the helm could be as singular as [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/12/07/twilight-director-catherine-hardwicke-will-not-direct-new-moon/"]Catherine Hardwicke’s was[/url] with the original “Twilight.”

As “Twilight” fans know, Meyer’s final book, “Breaking Dawn,” will most likely be made into a movie if the studio is going so far as to film the first three novels. Meyer has gone on record saying that she’d like “Breaking Dawn” to be [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2008/08/12/twilight-author-stephenie-meyer-talks-breaking-dawn-movie-possibilities-sort-of/"]filmed as two separate movies[/url], but little else is known about Summit’s plans to continue the saga beyond “Eclipse.”

What’s good and what’s bad about the “Eclipse” release date? [url id="http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/02/20/eclipse-gets-a-release-date-but-how-do-the-twilighters-feel/"]Find out on the Movies Blog![/url]

For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com.