30 Days Of Night director David Slade is learning the fine art of back peddling. He signed on to direct the Twilight sequel, after admitting in an interview that he wouldn't see Twilight at gun-point.

Crafty reporter Brendon Connelly over at Slashfilm discovered a slightly older interview with BDK's movie show, where Slade, now directing the Twilight franchise flick Eclipse, decided it was safe to burn down the sparkly vampire bridge Twilight, saying that he wouldn't ever see it, whether drunk or by way of the gun:

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

He's now been called to task by the loyal twihards of the world, and responded via email over at the twifan base Twilight Lexicon:

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.

Ahhh spoken like a true publicist. But will it keep the Twihards at bay? Looks like there's a mix of forgiveness and a bit of anger. From the commenters at Lexicon...

Eryn E. says:
May 5, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Yep. Forgiven. Moving with great excitement…

Sabrina says:
May 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm

*nods* I like that he went out of his way to direct his statement to the one place that was sure to reach the most fans and his email seemed sincere. All's forgiven in my book as far as his comments go. I am a bit apprehensive about his past films though. Hopefully he will do something spectacular with Eclipse.

Mary says:
May 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Well he hated so much all the twilight stuff in the past, but now that he is going to win a lot of money he does't think all those bad things about it. yeah.. i don't know what to say about it..

Charlotte says:
May 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I am sure a lot of people made fun of Twilight before they knew what it was. It stormed the news media everywhere, you were drowning in it. For us fans it was a great thing, but for everyone else and especially people that genuinely didn't like it. It must have been awful.
He didn't know what he was talking about and it was wrong, but I can forgive it and forget it. It was everywhere, easy target for a joke.

Megluvstwilight says:
May 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I can totally be too trusting but I believe him. Even if he didn't like the books it's not like he wants to make a crap movie. He'll want to make it the best he can. So now that I believe he's into it… I have even more faith that it will be great.

But they're right - Twilight often does make it too easy, but you gotta take the good with the bad - Twicandy and sparkle vamps included. Meyer did create a world that fans cannot get enough of. Let's hope Slade brings back a little of the edge that he learned from his dark vamps in 30 Days of Night to Twilight. Especially since [Spoiler] Eclipse has a massive finale fight with a vamp army, which could be pretty gruesome, should Slade go that direction.