David Slade Addresses The Eclipse Concerns

Yesterday we received a call from Summit giving us the heads up that David Slade would be personally emailing us to address the yesterday’s biggest news story, his comments on the Twilight movie that he made during a radio call-in program back in November.

It’s a good thing they called  because we’re fairly certain that we wouldn’t have believed someone emailing in claiming to be David Slade. In fact his email went to our spam box where we just found it. It was sent last night circa 10:00pm.

According to our contact, David is a really decent and down-to-earth guy who was genuinely concerned about what happened, and wanted to address it personally, not just rely on a studio press release.

In any case, here is David, unedited and  in his own words:

“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.

yours sincerely



  1. OK…I’m an idiot and I’ll admit it! I hadn’t watched 30 days of night, but had read the comments about it. I just got on youtube and watched several clips including the final scene and OMG I can’t wait for this guy to direct Eclipse!!!

    I literally have goosebumps!

  2. petite_femme says:

    I’m really glad he addressed this issue. I was beginning to worry…I can say I am much more confident in him directing eclipse.

  3. jazjade says:

    I kinda liked his tasty jokes about Twilight! When the movie was in the theaters (I went to see it a lot) I saw lots of girls and women trying to talk the men they were with into seeing the movie, with some very amusing results. I loved 30 days of night and hope Slade will bring some edge to Eclipse. I am glad he wrote to us and kept saying “heart”. I think he is smart enought to know how to proceed. People making the Twilight films know how important it is to keep in touch with the fans and the BOOKS in a positive way.

  4. safina says:

    Well,maybe I did good by not judging him before knowing why he criticized Twilight like that.I hope he is truly being honest now,and if he is a good director,I hope he gives his best shot in directing Eclipse.Let’s just pray for the best.

  5. kellan fan says:

    its great to see how easily twihard’s opinions are swayed @_@

  6. I do not believe he has even read the books at all. He just realized that his comment offended a great deal of people and had to act fast.

  7. Good! I was really upset when I heard the audio. I just want a good movie, the rest doesn’t matter. if he says he’s willing to make the best movie possible, I trust he will. In the end that’s all that matters. So please, don’t dissapoint!

  8. Hate to say it but… rich storytelling and beautifully honest characters? Honestly? I liked the series, I really did (although I was disappointed by the movie) and… I would not describe it that way. There’s some massive fanservice right there. Brave of him to email though.

  9. and the PR department made their paychecks this week!

  10. Well this statement shows he is aware and prompt. Time will tell what his Eclipse looks like. I’ve said it before, I worry about having all these Hollywood guys producing the Twilight movies. Hollywood has given us garbage portrayals of female characters since the mid 1950s (before that there were great female characters) and I don’t see anything that makes me think Chris W or Slade can pull of a complex female character who is average. I have this horror that Bella will somehow turn into a whore,a stripper or a fashion model under their direction. Ok I am going to try to be positive now. Good luck Slade, we will be watching.

  11. Amanda L. says:

    I read Twilight when it first came out before I knew of anyone who read it. But I imagine maybe if I recently read it I might not want to read it, or might make fun of it too just because it has gotten so big it’s an easy target. I don’t know! So I guess I’ll cut him some slack.

  12. im going to cut the guy a break because i made exactly the same mistake he did. last year, before reading the books or seeing the movie i slagged the pants off the books and the whole idea of a teen vampire love story (oh, come on?!). i made the mistake we all make every now and then of talking out of my ass. but then i saw the movie, then i saw it again, then i read the book, then i obsessively went from store to store to find the other books…. So, lets give Stephenie (in the main) / Catherine/ Rob/ Kristen and everyone else involved the credit they deserve for creating and bringing to life a rich and intriguing world that can’t help but suck in anyone smart (!) enough to give it the chance

  13. Slade plays CYA. Make nice with the fans–we are paying your salary!

  14. Pamela says:

    We need to give the guy some credit for addressing this head on & for apologizing. He didn’t have to..he probably had the job in the bag. Let’s forgive him. Eclipse is such an important book & definitely my favorite; such a turning point, I think, in the whole saga. Let’s support him so he can make THE best Eclipse movie that he humanly can.

  15. La Bruja says:

    I hobestly personally don’t feel like his apology was sincere. I fell like he felt he had to do it or he could be fired. so i think he is full of it.
    Not forgiven.

  16. Well I think the whole issue of Slade mocking Twilight before he read or saw it just shows that he has contempt for the demographic who is drawn to Twilight, and that is women. Especially young women. What else could he have been be responding to? But then we wouldn’t have necessarily been better off with a woman director from Hollywood since the majority of Hollywood women pathologically seek male approval and because of that probably couldn’t make a movie aimed at women either. The female audience is there and we have money Hollywood just rarely connects with us.

  17. yay, david clear the rumors and believe me, i am not those stupid twi-fans who always trust in the net and i knew that david will end up asking fans forgiveness because summit will told him to do so, lol…summit PR loves hijack fans blogs nowadays..

    anyway, i am not disappointing about david comments and not buy that also, he is really good director and i knew he could make eclipse more dark and more battle, with fight in it, please do not always heard what fans want to be love story, please we got cheesy twilight in first which is bump. david, eclipse is my favorite book, i love the book, please do you best. love you david.

  18. It was good of him to apologize as such. Forgiven! Now, moving on to big and better things…

  19. Im sure his comments did not sit well with Summit who were not going to let him go without trying to fix his mess and got their PR people working quick on a statement… Just don’t screw up Eclipse…that will be the best apology.

  20. x.edward is my brand of heroin.x says:

    i think we should all move on from this and forgive him. I just hope he can capture the love that is in Eclipse, and the intense scenes. If he does this, then I’m fine with that.x

  21. shareen says:

    one thing though, i guess we all owe him an apology as well. we were mislead into thinking the comment was made more recently when in fact it isn’t. so, sorry Mr. Slade.

  22. Sorry David…you wouldn’t have ever changed your mind about the comments if Summit hadn’t offered you the job as director for Eclipse. I guess money is really important to you but the Twilight series is more important to me. I’m really not happy with you or summit right now.

  23. I am glad he has addressed the issue and has been honest(I hope) about why he made these comments, I will look forward to seeing Eclipse as will all the Twilight Saga fans, we have to wait so long for each one to be released it’s horrible and I am sure I am not the only one who has withdrawal symtoms if I don’t get my daily dose of Twilight, Roll on New Moon, Eclipse & fingers crossed Breaking Dawn. Go for it David Slade, do what your good at and bring Eclipse to life.

  24. I don’t trust this guy as far as i can throw him all i can say is he better do a good job of eclipse

  25. I don’t trust this guy as far as I can throw him all i can say is he better do a good job on eclipse

  26. Dear David,
    You are forgiven for now… but don’t F-Up your second chance. Because if you do, Twihards will ruin you. Take every bit of advice you can from Stephenie Meyer, and don’t run your mouth about things you don’t know anything about again. We all take this very seriously and so should you… Stick to the book and make Eclipse the best movie out of the bunch…

  27. Alice Kiki Cullen says:

    Hmm…I’m waiting and seeing on this. I admit I didn’t really want to read twilight but only because of the word “Vampire” Lol. Not romance. OF course once I read it ha, that was the end of that. But I am still unsure picking feeling nawing at me. I want to hear it, not read it. I want to hear him on tv saying it. I still am not totally convenisted yet.

  28. i don’t know if to believe him or not… but i would agree with some of the fan that Eclipse is intense in the love triangle between bella,jacob & edward. SO if they are planning to keep he better get the story right, its too intense to mess it up..

  29. This just confirms what I thought when I first read about his statements. What he said has been echoed by every male who hasn’t been exposed to Twilight’s story. My son made much the same comment when invited to see the movie with his mom and sister. I wasn’t worried about it and I’m glad David sent the email, that shows he plans on keeping the heart of the fanbase in mind.

  30. Of course he’s sorry, now that he has millions of twilight fans in an uproar wanting him removed from Eclipse! Way to save your ass David!!!!!

  31. He didn’t really have a choice not to apologise, and it was just a little brief email. But I’m quite willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, as long as he realises that this is a love story much more than it is a horror story! Im sure he only said it in jest.

  32. Does anyone remember that REALLY NICE statement chris weitz released when he got the job, saying he hoped he could do his best for us fans? appearance wise, it was white writing on a black backround. Ringing any bells???

    That, i feel, is the sort of director we should be getting for eclipse. And i fully acknowledge that maybe this was simply just a really ill-timed case of foot in mouth, but really…

    I dont mean to be knitpicking, but that apology was quite brief and…well… it was an email. no signatures or documents like weitz deals in. realistically, thats not the proper way to apologise for a blunder, even if he had only meant it as a joke. If people are annoyed, you make a Formal apology. Signed. make it official looking, just do something to show you went to even a bit of trouble or made an effort with it!! His freakin secretary could easily have typed that for him in 2 minutes, it’s kind of empty.

    Again, i’m a complete fussy knitpicker by nature. so maybe its just me. But I duno, I can’t explain it easily, I just dont like the attitude the guy gives off. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt here, course. but I still can’t quite say I like him persay. I wish they would just keep one director rather than switching round.

    • Luthien says:

      Yes, Chris Weitz was being very pro-active and professional by sending that statement, not just an email that had to be retrieved from the trash, which is where it might have stayed if the personnel from Summit hadn’t alerted the Lexicon. Weitz has class, something sorely lacking in Slade, I’m afraid. I’m not a wait-and-see kind of person. I believe that if something isn’t right with you, you should do everything you can to change it. It may not make a difference in the outcome in the end, but at least you will have tried. I still sent my letter to Summit asking for another director.

  33. I’m not sure he is going to make a good job on eclipse….
    He said those things! And if he did so is because he felt it…I’m quite sure that this apology is just because summit told him to do it…. I guess Eclipse need another director…one who really love the story, or at least doesn’t hate it…

    Don’t like him from the beggining and with this I just like him less…

    Catherin was awesome and she really loves the story, Chris is making a good job, at least he hasn’t made such as comments, have to see more so we can tell but this Slade guy…

  34. Hathor says:

    I don’t know what the big deal is. If I hadn’t read the books prior to seeing the movie I would have thought it sucked. Heck I still laugh at some of the parts. The story would be compelling but the special effects…not so much. That being said I think that now that he has read the books, he is probably drawn into the world that we all fell in love with. That world and the story is the reason why I am giving the second movie a chance. I just hope he’ll do Eclipse justice.

  35. No name says:

    i just hope he relizes that if he makes elclipse bad… he will be the most loathed director there has ever been!!!

  36. Sterling Snow says:

    I’m glad he apologized, and I think (hope) it was sincere. Forgive and forget.

    But I hope he understands how rabid the fans can get and watches his step now. Just a bit of friendly advice:)

  37. Guys, let’s take the high roadand cut him some slack. After all, what would Edward do?

  38. What did we all expect him to say? That he meant every word he said?

    He gave an expected and pretty much MANDATORY apology so he would not be in danger of losing his job or incurring more wrath from us. I am sure Summitt was behind it.

    All will be okay when he does no less than an outstanding job on Eclipse.

    And as a grown adult, I was mystified by the Twilight hoo-ha and bought/read the books. I didn’t hate on it at first like others have admitted to, so I am not too keen on that as an excuse.

  39. Divacat says:

    I hate what he did, and I hate that they hired him as director to the sequel afterwards (i think), but I can’t blame him. I had never read the book, I made fun of Twilight’s trailer, I made fun of my sister in law who had read the books (she’s 38) for liking it and then one afternoon I was bored and I didn’t know what movie to watch and I chose Twilight.
    I LOVED IT! Then I went to buy the whole saga books and spent an entire week reading them. You can guess I loved them. Me and this guy went through the same “twilighting”(if that was a word and if it ever exists)process

    I just hope David Slade makes a good sequel. All I can say is that I can’t blame him.

  40. persephone says:

    I, too, am guilty of thinking people were downright weird for reading/gushing about these books. Then, like many others, a friend handed me all four books and said, “JUST read it!” I did and couldn’t stop. I loved it so much, I had to force my sister to read it because I knew she thought I was seriously off-balance by my new addiction. I can now happily say she has joined our side.

    I forgive him for what he said. God knows how many times I’ve said the wrong thing. My mouth has gotten me into more trouble than I care to tell. It wasn’t all that bad, and an earlier poster hit the nail on the head…he’s a GUY!


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