Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego to direct 'Solo'

Making his English-language directorial debut

NEW YORK -- Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego will make his English-language directorial debut with the Gold Circle Films/Safran thriller "Solo."

Details are being kept under wraps for "Solo," which is based on a spec script from writer David Coggeshall. The film is said to be a "Misery"-style thriller for the teen set, with elements of "Lord of the Flies" and "Blue Lagoon."

Gold Circle's Paul Brooks and Safran's Peter Safran are producing and plan to begin principal photography within the next few months. Scott Niemeyer and Norm Waitt are exec producing. Gold Circle is financing, with Guy Danella overseeing production for the outfit.

Lopez-Gallego made a splash in September at the Toronto International Film Festival when the Weinstein Co. picked up his Spanish survival thriller "King of the Hill."

Lopez-Gallego is repped by Paradigm.

Coggeshall is repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion.