The European sales team Wild Bunch International and the French production company Capricci join forces to found the genre label Wild West, as we can tell.
The production label is dedicated to genre films and series, including horror, fantasy, sci-fi, crime, thriller and superhero projects.
The two companies plan to develop around 12 projects (features and series) each year through Capricci’s So Film Genre Screenwriting Residence, which will then be brought to market for funding, potential remakes and / or series adaptations.
Wild Bunch will represent international sales in a number of projects. CAA Media Finance, which has long held US rights to Wild Bunch International’s films, will handle domestic rights.
The first slate will be unveiled in Bordeaux, June 9-11, during So Film’s growing industry workshop, which is expected to be attended by a number of leading French studios and financiers. Projects are expected to come primarily from first and second filmmakers.
The 12 projects presented next week are all French-speaking, although English-language projects are expected in future editions.
One of this year’s projects is a remake of the 1924 horror film classic Orlac’s hands, about a world-famous pianist who loses both hands in an accident and unknowingly has the hands of a murderer grafted onto his arms with surprising consequences. The film was re-shot in 1960 with Christopher Lee and Mel Ferrer.
“Ideally, we would like this to be Europe’s Jason Blum label,” Wild Bunch boss Vincent Maraval told us. “Ideally, we would like partners – for example someone like a Jason Blum guy – to join the company and secure some of the project rights, be it remake rights or TV rights, etc.
Five years ago, Capricci launched the Screenwriting Residence under the direction of Thierry Lounas, head of So Film magazine. The first film to emerge from the initiative was Just Philippot’s Horror Film 2021 The swarmwho played in Cannes Critics ’Week and Sitges. The Jokers will release the film in France this month and Netflix has taken over the rights for the rest of the world.
Maraval added, “The creation of Wild West marks the natural evolution of our collaboration with Thierry Lounas and Capricci through So Film Genre Residence. The quality of the work done and the successful experience of The swarm encouraged us to pursue this adventure and enabled Wild Bunch International to reconnect fully with genre cinema, which has embodied Wild Bunch’s original and distinctive editorial approach from the start. “
Lounas said: “The Wild West offers a French genre cinema – a genre cinema that speaks directly to and about the world of today – and at the same time offers an enormous laboratory for a new generation of filmmakers.”
Wild Bunch has a strong track record in the genre, working on films such as Piranha 3D, Land of the dead and Pan’s maze and has helped discover new talents such as Julia Ducourneau, Kike Maillo and Juan Antonio Bayona. The French mainstay recently launched its own production label Getaway, which Alexandre Ajas recently produced oxygen for Netflix.