Will helm the character-driven thriller. Jim Mickle, the helmer behind 2010’s indie vampire film ‘Stakeland,’ is set to take the director’s chair for an adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale’s 1989 cult novel ‘Cold in July.’ “Richard Dane, a simple frame-builder from East Texas shoots a man in self-defence. He then meets Ben Russel, a rough ex-con and the father of the man Dane shot, who is hell-bent on avenging his son’s death. But small-town corruption and paranoia turn these bitter enemies into unlikely allies, as the two guilt-stricken fathers begin a search for truth, aided by Dane’s tough-minded wife, and a pig-raising private investigator out of the backwoods of Houston.” The screenplay for the film was adapted by Mickle and regular collaborator Nick Damici. Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, and Linda Moran of Belladonna Productions are producing, with financing coming from Paris-based Backup Media and Memento Films International. Mickle’s latest feature, a remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 Mexican horror ‘We Are What We Are,’ is set for release later this year.