Phil Claydon to helm 'Badass'

'Lesbian Vampire Killers' director joins New Line comedy

British helmer Phil Claydon has signed on to direct "Dan Mintner: Badass for Hire," a New Line comedy being produced by Contrafilm's Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson with Mason Novick.

Conceived as a light-hearted homage to 1980s action thriller such as "Cobra" and "Missing in Action," "Badass" centers on a tight-jeans-wearing, matchstick-chewing man stuck with an '80s mentality while kicking some modern-day butt. New Line picked up the script -- written as a spec by Chad Kultgen -- last year as its first acquisition after entering the Warner Bros. fold.

Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and David Neustadter are overseeing for New Line. Contrafilm vp Lisa Zambri is overseeing for the shingle.

Claydon directed "Lesbian Vampire Killers," a horror comedy that generated comparisons to "Shaun of the Dead." "Killers" hasn't gotten a U.S. theatrical release but has developed a cult in England.

"Phil was basically hired off the title alone of his first film," Flynn quipped.

Added Vinson: "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."

Claydon is repped by UTA and 3 Arts Entertainment, as well Independent Talent Group in the U.K.