Twilighters around the world were rocked Wednesday by the news that David Slade had been chosen to direct “Eclipse.” The Summit Entertainment announcement garnered [url id=”http://moviesblog.mtv.com/2009/04/22/eclipse-gets-a-bloodthirsty-new-director-and-more-questions-than-answers/”]more questions than answers[/url], with the most important query being a simple one: Who is David Slade?
Unless you’re a particularly geeky fan of indie films or genre horror, you likely haven’t seen the director’s first two films, which combined for a mere $43 million at the box office. Among those two crowds, however, he has garnered some very loyal fans.
The 39-year-old filmmaker was born in England and made a name for himself directing impressive music videos for the likes of Stone Temple Pilots (), Tori Amos (), System of a Down () and Stephenie Meyer favorite Muse (“Bliss”). He was also at the helm for a pair of trippy short films ranging from the animated “MEATDOG: What’s Fer Dinner” to the unsettling “Do Geese See God?”
Sometime between those two films, Slade put himself on the map with the 2006 indie flick “Hard Candy.” A controversial, psychological thriller that helped launch the careers of “Watchmen” star Patrick Wilson and future “Juno” Oscar nominee Ellen Page, “Candy” told the unsettling tale of a 14-year-old girl exacting revenge on a 32-year-old sexual predator she had met on the Internet. Featuring themes of pedophilia, castration and deception, the film was made for less than a million dollars but made a big splash when it premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
The buzz surrounding that film helped Slade land his sophomore gig — a bigger-budgeted adaptation of the beloved graphic novel “30 Days of Night.” Slade landed some big stars for the movie, including Josh Hartnett, Danny Huston and Ben Foster. The film tells the story of a small Alaskan town under siege by vampires when it enters the annual dark season. Slade’s vampires were dirty, decrepit creatures who didn’t speak English and killed as ruthlessly as any animal. The film opened in the top slot at the box office but received mixed reviews and currently sits at a 50 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Now, Slade’s considerable skills are coming to the third “Twilight” film, which is scheduled to land in theaters June 30, 2010.
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