'Walking Dead' Producers Bringing 'Sheltered' to the Big Screen (Exclusive)

Sheltered Comic Book Cover Inset - P 2014
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"Dracula" writer Jesse Peyronel will write and direct the adaptation.

Jesse Peyronel, the filmmaker behind the indie movie Siren, is teaming up with The Walking Dead producers Circle of Confusion to adapt the Image Comics book Sheltered.

The comic is a preapocalyptic thriller set in a survivalist compound somewhere in the Pacific Northwest and populated by families who believe an imminent volcanic eruption is about to make the U.S. uninhabitable for years. Yet the adults are unprepared for a strike from within in the form of a coup d'etat by the kids, led by a charming sociopathic teen.

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What follows is a struggle between two sets of young protagonists that is described as having shades of Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games.

The comic book miniseries was created by Ed Brisson (Comeback, Secret Avengers) and Johnnie Christmas (Continuum: The War Files). The sixth issue was published earlier in January.

Peyronel is writing the script now with an eye on directing a feature in late 2014.

Circle of Confusion will produce.

Circle is currently developing an adaptation of Outcast, an adaptation of the latest Image comic from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.

Peyronel was a writer on NBC's Dracula and is now a staff scribe on Dig, USA's upcoming event series created by Gideon Raff and Tim Kring. He made his feature writing and directing debut with Siren, which stars Vinessa Shaw. The movie premiered in October at the Austin Film Festival and is now traveling the international awards circuit.

He is repped by Verve, Industry Entertainment, attorney Judith Karfiol as well as the U.K.'s Independent Talent Group. Brisson and Christmas are repped by Circle of Confusion.