FilmFour, the UK FilmCouncil's New Cinema Fund, Screen Yorkshire, EM Media and Optimum Releasinghave announced the first projects planned for their low-budget studio Warp X.
The first film to be shotfor Warp X will be Travels With My Virginity, a comedy about a teenager hitchhiking in ruralFrance in 1978. The story is based on writer/actor Guy Dartnell and directorLee Simpson's material from theatre group Improbable Theatre. Gregor Truterwill produce. A September start date is planned.
Warp X hopes to go intoproduction for a second film before the end of the year, but it's not yet knownwhich of the slate will shoot next.
Other projects announced inthe studio's initial slate include John 'The Reverend' McLure's NowThen, a feature documentary with UKbuzz band the Arctic Monkeys.
Also on tap is JohnHardwick's futuristic prison horror film Blind Eye, written by Matthew McGuchan as a spinoff of Channel4's The Trial. Clive Brill willproduce with Eileen Quinn executive producing.
Warp X will also work onDominic Hailstone's Say You Love Satan, a black comedy about a death metal band in rural England.
The studio has alsocommissioned a 'sci-fi melodrama' and a 'confessionalautobiography' from Chris Waitt and Henry Trotter, the team behind puppetshot FUR TV.
Budgets will be $936,450-$1.87m (£500,000-£1m) perfilm, and FilmFour and the UK Film Council have each committed to funding about$937,674 ($£500,000) per year for three years to Warp X.
Warp X is run by jointmanaging directors Robin Gutch, formerly of FilmFour Lab, and Mark Herbert, theWarp Films head who has produced Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes and forthcoming This Is England.