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Fledgling European division sets up projects

U.K. production company Warp Films’ year-old European division, Warp Europe, has unveiled a slew of projects in development.

n First up is German co-production “The Wanderers,” a true-life tale about a shambolic Midlands soccer team that is accidentally invited to play against a top-league German team. Penned by Malcolm Campbell, pic will be co-produced by Hermann Florin through his Florin Film. The $8 million-to-$10 million pic is co-financed by Film4 and Optimum Releasing, which have had a relationship with Warp since 2004’s “Dead Man’s Shoes.”

n Next is $8 million Anglo-French co-production “Waiting for Bardot,” penned by Andrew O’Hagan and helmed by Will Frears. Project, which Warp Europe co-produces with U.S. producer Carole Polakoff, centers around two working-class kids who go on a road trip to France to find Brigitte Bardot.

n Optimum and Film4 are backing “Lonely Werewolf Girl,” budgeted at $15 million, which Warp Europe is producing with Mark and Cerise Larkin through Los Angeles-based Untold Pictures. Joe Ahearne is penning the script based on the tome by Martin Millar.

n Warp Europe is also dipping into animation with $6 million toon “Ugly But I Like You,” backed by Film4, in which Death, repped by an ugly young girl, goes on strike until someone tells her they love her. Marie Amachoukeli penned the script.

Brit artists the Chapman Bros. have developed a spec for a feature through the shingle: “The Organ Grinder’s Monkey” stars Rhys Ifans as a wannabe artist whose talents are outshone by the paintings of a talking chimpanzee. Daniel Craig, Kevin Spacey and Rosamund Pike co-star.

“We’ve established a good position in making cheeky British movies for British and international audiences,” said Warp Europe topper Peter Carlton. “Now we’re eyeing bigger films while keeping that same, slightly risque approach.”

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