Here’s something I bet Summit Entertainment didn’t know when they brought on David Slade (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night) to direct the third film in the Twilight Saga, Eclipse: Not long ago, he kinda, sorta bashed Twilight. It’s true! Though Slade is now trying to defend himself against the vicious onslaught that is the online Twilight community (aka Twi-hards).
It all started when Slade made this comment on Twitter with regards to deciding whether or not to see Twilight several months ago: “Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk. Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid? Twilight at gun point? Just shoot me.” Not exactly the kind of stuff fans want to hear from the guy chosen to direct the third installment, however Slade quickly responded in an email and gave the whole “It was a big misunderstanding” spiel.
In response to his earlier comments, Slade said the following (in part): “When I made these comments, I had neither seen the film nor read the books. I was promoting a comedy short film that I had made for Xbox and every pop culture subject was seen as a possible comedy target. I was being silly and none of the statements were from the heart. Of course, I have since seen the movie and read the books and was quickly consumed with the rich storytelling and the beautifully honest characters that Stephenie Meyer created. I would like to reassure everyone involved that I am invested in making the best film that I am humanly capable of, and that I am acutely aware of the power of the original books we serve.” What do you think: Was Slade being sincere in his response to fans, or is he quickly and painlessly trying to squash the subject without it exploding in his lap?