Warp Films is ramping up in the international high-end drama space. The UK-based company behind features Submarine, ’71 and This Is England (and its TV spinoffs) has hired Ruth McCance as co-production executive. She transfers from Eccho Rights. Based in Stockholm, McCance has previously worked as a development exec at Potboiler Productions, Ruby Films, Pathe and Film4 in the UK.
Warp is making a major move into international high-end drama with The Last Panthers which is launching at Mipcom in its world premiere Monday. The company, which has a distribution deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment, now is also planning thriller series Wolfhound Century based on the trilogy of novels by Peter Higgins. Set in the richly imagined totalitarian state of Vlast, a lone secret policeman and young orphaned woman fight with ancient demons and fallen archangels over the future of humanity.
Also on deck is Little Birds, a six-part mini set in 1950s Tangiers. Inspired by the works of Anais Nin, it’s written by Sophia Al-Maria (The Girl Who Fell To Earth). Also in development are a project loosely inspired by the legend of Robin Hood, which is being written by Billy Ivory (Made In Dagenham); and The Shanghai Beat, an epic period crime drama set in the turbulent Shanghai of the 1920s and ’30s.