Yank cranks Brit ‘Storage’

Multihyphenate Petty will re-write horror script

J.T. Petty has been hired to write the horror pic “Storage,” which Brit shingles Lucky Elliot and Redbus are producing.

In the pic, terror stalks an underground storage facility, where the only hope of salvation may just mean a fate worse than death.

“Storage” came out of the U.K. Film Council’s “25 Words or Less” project, whereby writers pitch stories, a certain number of which are selected and brought to producers. The Council will fund the development of “Storage.”

Petty will rewrite the original script pitched by scribes Chris Denne and Matt Winn.

Lucky Elliot’s James Gay-Rees will produce with Redbus partners Zygi Kamasa and Simon Franks.

Redbus is taking U.K. distribution rights.

Of the selection of a Yankee to write a Brit pic, Gay-Rees said: “We felt he was immersed in the horror genre in a significant way. Petty is bringing an intelligent, subversive sensibility to the movie. We don’t want to make another mindless thrasher.”

Petty is writing and will direct Lions Gate’s “The Burrowers,” which Blue Star is producing. He also wrote the vidgame for “Batman Begins,” due out this summer from Electronic Arts and Warner Bros.

Multihyphenate also penned the children’s fantasy novel “Clemency Pogue: Fairy Killer,” recently out from Simon & Schuster.

At Cannes last month, Redbus picked up U.K. rights to Michael Winterbottom’s “A Cock and Bull Story.”

Gay-Rees’ producer credits include Working Title’s horror pic “Long Time Dead,” starring Lukas Haas, and Icon’s “Blackball,” starring Vince Vaughn.

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