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Phil Claydon Director of ‘Lesbian Vampire Killers’ Hired For 'Miserable Excuse For a Hero'

  • By Sam Price
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  • June 30, 2011 2:56 AM
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Director jail – the purgatorial netherworld that keeps a good filmmaker trapped in paralysis for years at a time after their last film loudly flopped -- is a funny thing. Some end up there literally: Iranian filmmakers Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof were famously imprisoned last year, while John McTiernan and Roger Avary haven’t seen their careers exactly set alight thanks to real-life brushes with the law. Most of the time, though, you wait years for a misunderstood British ‘auteur’ to resurface – Lynne Ramsay finally re-emerged at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with “We Need to Talk About Kevin” – and several come along at once. No, we’re not talking about a new project from the talented Jonathan Glazer. It’s one from Phil Claydon, who Deadline reports has been tapped to helm a new project, “Miserable Excuse For a Hero,” an adaptation of the book by Bob Powers with the longer title, “You Are a Miserable Excuse For a Hero”. While usually the news that a smaller British director who hasn’t landed a gig in two years has finally got a project off the ground would be news for celebration, Claydon’s last film was called “Lesbian Vampire Killers,” a cinematic abomination that still makes this writer wake up screaming in the middle of the night in a cold flop sweat and pining for his blanky. The director hasn't made a film since.

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