'Eclipse' Director David Slade Explains How The 'Bree Tanner' Book Ties Into The Movie

A couple weeks back, after "The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner" was released, we came up with a list of scenes we figured (and hoped) would make it into the final cut of the film. According to director David Slade, though, we shouldn't get our hopes to high.

He received a copy of "Short Second Life" about halfway through pre-production on "Eclipse," and said that what it affected more than anything was the location and casting choices for the film.

"One of the things in the 'Bree Tanner' story is that one of the hangouts is very close to water and so we specifically went after locations that were near water," he said as an example, with tied in with our earlier article.

Beyond that, he said that he used Riley and Victoria's choice of newborn vampires to inform their casting decisions. "They take the dregs of society," he said as a way of explanation. "They take, not the dregs, but the people that won't be missed. They take the prostitutes, they take drug addicts, they take people on the street, so that we cast people to look like that. It was fun."

What that makes it sound like is that we won't be seeing too many of those scenes we guessed we could in "Eclipse," though there might be a bigger reason for that, and maybe David isn't completely done with the world of "The Twilight Saga" after "Eclipse."

"We didn't actually skew the entire film to fit ['Short Second Life']," he said. "I maintain that little book will [still] make a great film."

Would you like to see "Short Second Life" made into its own film? Are you disappointed it didn’t make its way more into "Eclipse"?