Gelatt makes directorial debut with indie film

Comicbook scribe Philip Gelatt is making his helming debut with indie “County Road K,” a twist on the home-invasion horror genre.

“I’m fascinated by the macabre little stories that occur off the main roads of Middle America, and ‘County Road K’ is exactly that kind of tale: small, twisted and unsettling,” said Gelatt, who also penned the script.

Gelatt sold his first graphic novel series, “Labor Days,” to Oni Press. He has also worked on Dark Horse and Lucasfilm’s “Indiana Jones Adventures” comicbook. He recently wrote a draft of “Nurse 3D” for Lionsgate.

“County” producers are former HDNet Films exec Will Battersby and former Deutsch/Open City exec Tory Tunnell (both were producers on 2007’s “Trumbo”) and Per Melita (Sundance winner “Sangre de mi sangre”). “Trumbo” helmer Peter Askin exec produces.

Project is set to star Patrick Breen (“Cirque du Freak”), Alexandra Chando, Nina Lisandrello and Charlie Hewson.

Production starts next month in New Jersey.

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