McKee optioned Jack Ketchum's novel The Lost and produced the film adaptation directed by Chris Sivertson. McKee also adapted Ketchum's Red, and co-directed the film, which premiered out of competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Shooting was halted when Red was almost completed, with McKee as director, in December, 2006. Shooting resumed in Maryland following a hiatus of more than six months, with a different director, Norwegian Trygve Allister Diesen. No explanation has been offered for the shared directing credit.