Chris Jericho, ‘Walking Dead’ Novelist Jay Bonansinga, Team on Psychological Thriller ‘Self Storage’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Professional wrestler and rock musician Chris Jericho is teaming with author and filmmaker Jay Bonansinga on psychological thriller “Self Storage.”

The film is based on Bonansinga’s 2016 novel of the same name. It centers on a heroin-addicted father and his son who accidentally lock themselves inside a self-storage unit. Surviving will depend on a battle with demons both real and manufactured by drug withdrawal.

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That lead character of John Fitzgerald is slated to be played by Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead,” “The Devil’s Rejects”). Bonansinga, who previously directed the short “City of Men” (1988) and feature “Stash” (2007), will direct from his own script.

“Self Storage” is the second recent adaptation of a Bonansinga novel, following Lionsgate’s “The Killer’s Game,” based on his 1997 novel, directed by J.J. Perry and starring Dave Bautista. A prolific and bestselling author, Bonansinga is known for co-writing several novels based on “The Walking Dead” comics series, with Robert Kirkman of Skybound Entertainment; and book series “Stan Lee’s The Devil’s Quintet,” a collaboration with late comic book legend Stan Lee.

The film will be executive produced by Jericho’s Babyface Assassin Productions alongside Bonansinga and Jeff Siegel for Delirium Tremens, and Jason Cherubini for Dawn’s Light. Besides executive producing, Jericho will appear in a key supporting role in “Self Storage.”

Jericho’s recent acting credits include “Country Hearts Christmas” (2023) and “Terrifier 2” (2022). He served as an executive producer on documentary “The Death Tour” (2024) and produced the documentary “I’m Too Old for This Sh*t: A Heavy Metal Fairy Tale.”

On the sports front, Jericho has signed a contract extension with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) that will keep him with the company through December 2025.

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