According to Variety, Summit has yet to comment, and is expected to make the official announcement soon. The minimajor recently gave Eclipse a release date of June 30, 2010.
Bayona's a protege of Guillermo Del Toro. He directed the Spanish-language horror-thriller The Orphanage, which was exec produced by Del Toro, and is attached to helm the Universal thriller Hater, with Del Toro and Mark Johnson producing.
Summit's opted for a different director on each Twilight pic. Chris Weitz replaced Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke on New Moon. Production's due to start shortly on New Moon with the key thesps -- Robert Pattinson as Edward, Kristen Stewart as Bella and Taylor Lautner as Jacob -- reprising their roles.
New Moon is set to open Nov. 20. Melissa Rosenberg, who penned the Twilight and New Moon scripts, is working on Eclipse, in which Bella is forced to choose between Edward and Jacob. The four books in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series have sold more than 17 million copies worldwide.
Patrick Goldstein, who penned the article, had lunch today with Summit president of production Erik Feig.
"The Eclipse directing job hasn't been offered to Juan Antonio or anyone else," Feig said. "We've met with three or four talented filmmakers and we'll be meeting with three or four more other candidates before we make any decision. No one has been offered the job."
Bayona has met with Summit executives as well as Twilight author Stephenie Meyer (who has written all the books in the series). Apparently the director doesn't even know if he wants to direct Eclipse. He fears that by directing the third film in the series it will be hard to add his creative stamp with the casting and character development already taken care of.