Taylor Lautner Says ‘Eclipse’ Will Be ‘A Little Darker,’ The Action Is ‘Stepping Up’

At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner stopped to speak with MTV’s Jocelyn Vena on the red carpet. Lautner was of course on hand to introduce an extended trailer for “New Moon,” hitting theaters on November 20, with fellow stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

After mentioning that he expected fans to “start crying” after seeing him shirtless — quickly adding “that would be bad” — Lautner moved on to the topic of the next movie in the series, “Eclipse.” The original “Twilight” was directed by Catherine Hardwicke and the “New Moon” follow-up by Chris Weitz. The third entry, due for a summer 2010 release, is in the hands of David Slade, a filmmaker known most for directing the “vampires in Alaska” flick, “30 Days of Night.”

“It’s been good. [Slade] is a lot different,” Lautner said. “But I think he’s gonna add a cool taste to the movie. It might be a little darker.”

Lautner also thinks that the course followed in the third book will appeal more to male audiences. “I feel like the action level is stepping up each and every film,” he said. “’New Moon’ definitely has a lot more than ’Twilight’ and I feel like ’Eclipse’ is even bumping it up another level.”

I’ll say this. As a relatively uninformed follower of “Twilight,” I definitely like the bits I see in the trailers for “New Moon” more than the entirety of the original movie. I had kind of dreaded watching the first one and responding to it here on the blog, but I’m actually pretty excited to check out “New Moon.”