David Slade Trash Talked Twilight Before Landing Eclipse Gig?

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A couple of weeks ago we reported that David Slade (30 Days of Night, Hard Candy) had signed on to direct the third Twilight film, Eclipse. It is certainly a surprising choice, given the franchise’s focus on romance rather than gore and violence, but perhaps it is an indication that they are hoping to take things in a slightly different direction.

At the time, some people noted that David Slade’s Twitter account had mysteriously disappeared in the days prior to the announcement. Now the reason for this has become clear: it seems that Slade had been bad mouthing Twilight just a few months earlier. Although the original tweet has been lost, /Film dug up an interview with Slade from last November where he talks about his thought process when he considered going to see Twilight at the theatre:

“Twilight drunk? No, not even drunk. Twilight on acid? No, not even on acid. Twilight at gun point? Just shoot me.”

Now obviously this is getting a lot of Twilight fans riled up, with a lot of people calling him a hypocrite — and understandably so. Still, there are a couple of things to consider. One is that at the time he hadn’t actually seen Twilight, and even though he was poking fun in the interview, he still sounded kind of interested in it. It’s possible that he has since seen the first movie, and ended up liking it.

The other point that I want to bring up, however, is that if they want to win over the male demographic, maybe it’s actually a selling point that they hired someone who was critical of the first film. Maybe this means he will be able to open the franchise up to a whole new audience. Of course, if he also ends up alienating the existing fans, then that would be pretty counterproductive. What do you think? Is David Slade a hypocrite, or is it unfair to hold these comments against him?

In other David Slade news, Variety reports that he has also signed on to direct Cold Skin, a psychological thriller set in Antarctica written by Jesus Olmo (28 Weeks Later).