EXCLUSIVE: Slasher Films, the genre shingle launched by Michael Williams, Rob Eric and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, has scared up its first greenlit film. Anthony Leonardi is set to direct Nothing to Fear, and Thomas Haden Church is in talks to star. Jonathan W.C. Mills wrote the script. Leonardi is making his directing debut after serving on the creative teams of directors Gore Verbinski and Francis Lawrence, developing creatures and storyboard design for films like Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Rango, Constantine and Water for Elephants.

The pic focuses on a family’s journey toward a better life, and how it is undone by a charismatic but unbalanced man of the cloth (Church). It’s based on an actual town purported to be one of the seven gateways to hell. The picture will begin shooting in late October in Louisiana, with funding from Upload Films and upstart film investment company Middle Crisis Productions. Movie Package Company’s Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield arranged the financing and will be executive producers. CAA reps Slasher Films and will broker a domestic deal.

“Our mission at Slasher Films has been to create genre films that defy the genre stereotypes,” Slash said. “The team of Anthony and Thomas elevate an already frightening story with a unique vision and powerful artistry.”

Content will handle international sales for the film, with Jamie Carmichael selling the picture here at Toronto to overseas distributors.