Eclipse’s Editor Just Got Fired!

March 2, 2010

twilight-saga-eclipse-logoSome unfortunate news from post-production of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: editor Art Jones, who’s worked with director David Slade on two past films, just got canned by Summit Entertainment.  According to Entertainment Weekly:

[Summit] has replaced Eclipse editor Art Jones with Nancy Richardson, the editor of Catherine Hardwicke’s original Twilight film. The studio is not placing blame on Jones, who previously worked with Eclipse director David Slade on his horror film 30 Days of Night as well as Slade’s Ellen Page-starrer Hard Candy. They do believe, however, that Slade’s material – which they call “very good” – needed a stronger edit. The studio has more confidence in Richardson, who they say understands the emotion of the characters and is an ace at balancing action with the other elements of the film.

It’s hard to tell how truthful Summit’s being here; naturally, they don’t want any bad press, so they’re smoothing over the firing by saying they’re “not placing blame.”  But the studio has proven to be trigger-happy in firing people before (Catherine Hardwicke and Rachelle LaFevre being the two major examples), so this isn’t totally shocking.  It’s also unlikely to hurt Eclipse; after all, New Moon managed well enough without Hardwicke.

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