[News Bites] ‘Catching Fire’ Director List Grows, ‘Infected’ & ‘Monster Project’ Announced, Tim Burton’s ‘Vampire Hunter’ Art Contest & ‘Killer Klowns’ Toys!

The official Facebook page for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is hosting quite a unique contest. They’re asking artists to submit their own Lincoln-inspired work and fans to vote on their favorite. The top 5 will be narrowed down by none other than Tim Burton! Winner receives a midnight provate screening. Go straight to the entries and vote.

American World Pictures announced via their website that Jason Dudek has gone behind the camera for the sci-fi horror Infected, which will star Vinnie Jones (The Midnight Meat Train), Danny Glover (Saw), Taylor Handley and Margo Harshman. Here’s the logline: “A pharmaceutical company recruits a well-known scientist to help develop a vaccine against a deadly virus.

Movie Mogul Ltd (Panic Button) have announced that their new feature film Monster Project has gone into development, says Screen Daily. Described as a “cross-genre” film, “‘Monster Project’ follows six teenagers who undergo a harrowing transformation into monsters, imbued with various abilities and ailments, and are forced to go on the run, fighting for their survival.John Shackleton will write, direct and co-produce with Movie Mogul director of operations, Gareth I. Davies.

Playlist reports that Moneyball helmer Bennet Miller and I Am Legend‘s Francis Lawrence are also in contention to direct Catching Fire, Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games sequel. The slot recently fell open when Gary Ross bailed, and since then David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu have been targeted for the replacement job. “The sequel continues the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the fictional, futuristic nation of Panem. Due to the events of the previous novel, a rebellion against the ruling Capitol has begun, and Katniss and fellow tribute Peeta are forced to return to the arena in a special edition of the The Hunger Games.

Amok Time has finally announced that they are now accepting pre-orders on their psychotic action figure duo – “Tiny” and Shorty” – from the cult classic film Killer Klowns From Outer Space, reports Figures. The pair, acquired by Amok way back in 2008, have faced an uphill battle to see release, but they are now slotted to arrive this November (this still leaves me skeptical). SOTA released just one Klown in 2006 – these two complete the trio of bloody bozos! Images inside.

  • St.Anger

    Must have the Killer Klown figures.

  • FleshofCaligula

    I want those killer klown figures ASAP :) ALSO monster project sounds pretty dope.

  • VictorCrowley

    Score!