[News Bites] ‘Transylmania’ Lawsuit, Jena Malone ‘Catching Fire’ While Wasikowska Isn’t, & ‘Among Friends’ Characters

Jena Malone as Rocket-1

Actress Jena Malone (pictured above; Sucker Punch, The Ruins) is in the running for the pivotal role of strong-willed tribute Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, EW reports. The character is described in author Suzanne Collins’ bestseller as possessing “a wicked ability to murder,” winning her Hunger Games by pretending to be weak and then picking off the other tributes. One open question about the character is whether director Francis Lawrence will keep Johanna’s introduction from the book, in which she first meets heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) naked — save for her green slippers. In addition, EW also confirmed that, despite an earlier report, Mia Wasikowska has not been approached for the role of Johanna Mason, nor would be available to shoot the film.

The producers of the 2009 mega-flop Transylmania have been sued for allegedly failing to repay nearly $22M obtained in financing for the film, says Deadline. Third Eye Capital filed the suit (read it here) today in LA Superior Court alleging fraud and breach of contract. According to the suit, producers Scott and David Hillenbrand perpetrated a fraudulent scheme to obtain the financing, failed to repay the money and used much of it for personal expenses. The film was branded a vampire spoof based on the popular Twilight franchise and HBO’s “True Blood,” but had no relation to either, according to the suit. Hill & Brand Productions, Hill & Brand Entertainment, among others, are named in the complaint.

Below we’ve added several character sheets for Danielle Harris’ slasher Among Friends, which will sneak peak at the Viscera Film Festival at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on July 7th at 3:30 PM. Starring Alyssa Lobit, Chris Backus, Jennifer Blanc Biehn, AJ Bowen, Brianne Davis, Kane Hodder, Dana Daurey, Kamala Jones, Chris Meyer and Tanya Newbould, “‘Among Friends’ is a horror comedy about a dinner party gone wrong. Set against an 80s backdrop, the good time takes a dark turn when one in the group hijacks the evening in an attempt to help the others come clean about their secret betrayals against one another–and is willing to cut through the bone in order to expose the truth.