I have to admit, for a director whose first movie bored the hell out of me, British bloke Phil Claydon has certainly got my attention after the funny and spectacularly campy “Lesbian Vampire Killers”. Apparently he’s also gotten the attention of other people, like producers Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson, who have hired Claydon to direct “Dan Mintner: Badass for Hire” for New Line Cinema.
According to THR, “Dan Mintner” is a light-hearted take on the action movies of the ’80s ala “Cobra” and “Missing in Action”. Actually, probably not so much the latter, as the titular character is described as “a tight-jeans-wearing, matchstick-chewing man stuck with an ’80s mentality.” I don’t remember Chuck Norris fitting that bill, but that’s basically Sylvester Stallone’s character from “Cobra”.
In any case, “Badass for Hire” was a spec script by Chad Kultgen, who sold it to Flynn and Vinson. Quips Flynn on the hiring of Claydon:
“Phil was basically hired off the title alone of his first film.”
“And after actually seeing it, we knew he was the man to kick ass on ‘Dan Mintner.’ Plus his film had our two favorite things in cinema: vampires and lesbians.”
Well, at least they have a sense of humor.
But perhaps the question that is on everyone’s mind — so what, Phil, no “Lesbian Vampire Killers 2”?
Below: “You’re the virus and I’m the cure. If you were a gun-toting dude, I mean. Since you’re a hot chick with fangs, I’m kinda confused about what to do, to tell you the truth.”