David Slade, director of the upcoming The Twilight Saga's Eclipse, apologized for having said last fall that he'd rather be shot than watch Twilight, the first film in that franchise. As recently reported by screenrant.com, when Twilight first hit theaters, Slade wrote on twitter: "Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk. Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid? Twilight at gun point? Just shoot me."
After this disclosure, Slade's Twitter account mysteriously vanished, and the director began damage control by writing the following letter to the Twilight fansite, Twilight Lexicon:
Dear Laura and Lori
I would be grateful if you could distribute this statement to the fans of Twilight: I would like to address some statements that I made regarding Twilight.
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.
Please be rest assured this statement is absolutely from the heart.
The Twilight Saga's New Moon is currently filming and is scheduled to open Nov. 20, 2009. The third installment, Eclipse, is planned to open next summer June 30, 2010.