SCREENWRITER Melissa Rosenberg says British filmmaker David Slade is the perfect director for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third instalment in the vampire romance series.
Slade, whose previous credits include Hard Candy and 30 Days of Night, completed filming Eclipse at the end of last month.
The 40-year-old is ideal for tackling the emotional struggles and choices in the story, says Rosenberg, who penned the Eclipse screenplay and also adapted Stephenie Meyer's Twilight and New Moon books into films.
She said: "I think David [Slade] brings an intensity that's really great for Eclipse.
"His films of the past have leaned towards the dark, and this will obviously be PG or PG-13, so this won't be quite that dark, but he brings...an intensity.
"He ratchets up the tension in a way that is just really artful and I think this is the kind of movie where that has to happen because things really come to a head.
"I just think he's really going to do something interesting with this movie. I really am excited about it."
Speaking in Sci Fi Now magazine, Rosenberg (pictured) explained: "The third book is about the triangle and this is the episode where Bella chooses between Edward and Jacob. She's chosen when we start the movie but then she had to go through a process of elimination.
"She starts by choosing from a teenage, immature place but then we have to break that down and she really has to look at that and she has to make that choice from a very mature place and really look at the consequences of this choice.
"The whole movie is about choices and consequences and I think that requires some very delicate handling. I think it comes to looking at both of these guys as viable options. It's really about 'Who am I, and who am I going to be' so finding that answer will require some exploration.
"I think that takes a director who is able to get inside a character's emotional battle, because she's going to be wrestling with this the whole movie and I just think [David Slade] has access to that. He has access to that struggle and is going to bring that out in these actors."
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is due out in the USA on June 30 next year and in the UK on July 9.
Meanwhile, the franchise's second instalment, New Moon, is about to rise on the big screen. It comes out on November 16 in the USA and on November 20 in the UK.