'Eclipse' Director David Slade Apologizes For Bashing 'Twilight'

'None of the statements were from the heart,' he says in an online letter to Twilighters.

Fictional hottie Edward Cullen has managed to suppress his instinctual desire to tear humans apart and feast on their blood. "Twilight" fans, however, aren't always so well-behaved.

Perhaps keeping that in mind, David Slade — the newly appointed director of the saga's third film, "Eclipse" — apologized Tuesday (May 5) in a letter to fan site Twilight Lexicon for past statements that mocked the franchise.

Over the weekend, an old interview with Slade resurfaced, causing some outrage among the "Twilight" community. Speaking with a Washington, D.C., radio program, Slade admitted to dissing the franchise via Twitter. "Yesterday we were trying to find a movie to see, and we'd seen all the good ones," Slade explained, recalling his Tweets. " 'Twilight' drunk? No, not even drunk. 'Twilight' on acid? No, not even on acid. 'Twilight' at gunpoint? Just shoot me."

In his apology letter, however, the director apologized for letting the backlash against the pop-culture phenomenon contaminate his opinion before he'd even watched the movie. "When I made these comments, I had neither seen the film nor read the books," he wrote. "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," he added. "None of the statements were from the heart."

Continuing with his apology, Slade spoke directly to the Twilighters, promising that he has since familiarized himself with the franchise and become a fan. "Of course, I have since seen the movie and read the books," he assured them. "And [I] was quickly consumed with the rich storytelling and the beautifully honest characters that Stephenie Meyer created."

Slade is currently in pre-production on the third film in the "Twilight" series and said he is eager to prove his devotion to the fans. "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," Slade promised. "Please be assured this statement is absolutely from the heart."

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" is targeting a June 30, 2010, release.

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