Paris-based WTFilms Expands Scope Beyond Pure Genre

Former TF1 Intl. exec Gregory Chambet joins the company

Dimitri Stephanides’ WTFilms, which bowed as a pure genre label in 2012, is widening its scope with a more diversified slate and the appointment of French sales/acquisition expert Gregory Chambet in the run up to Berlin’s EFM.

Chambet, formerly VP of International acquisitions and sales at TF1 Intl., has just joined the company and will be a driving force behind its expansion.

 At TF1 Intl., Chambet brought such genre-oriented projects such as “Hobo with a Shotgun” and handled major territories such as U.S., U.K. and Japan. Gregory Chambet previously worked at SND/M6 where he also oversaw international marketing.

The Paris-based company has snatched up two major actioners which will be shopped at Berlin, including thesp-turned-helmer David Hewlett “Debug” (pictured), a space prison thriller toplining  Jason Momoa (“Game of Thrones”).

“’Debug’ is typically the type of project that the market wants right now: Elevated sci-fi with impressive special effects done at a reasonable price with a name actor”, said Chambet.

Steve Hoban (“Haunter,” “Splice”), who is producing, described “Debug” as “Final Destination meets Cube.”

The other new  acquisition on WTF’s EFM lineup is “Gates To The Sun,” helmed by Jean-Marc Mineo, the director of “Bangkok Revenge” and a former Kung Fu World Champ. Boxing legend Mike Tyson makes a cameo appearance in the movie.

 Shot in Algeria, “Sun” features a epic battle in Oran’s historical palace.

“I’m a big fan of martial arts movies and since the start of the company we wanted to find one,” said Stephanides. “It’s the first time Mike Tyson actually fights in a movie with his unique boxing style.”

 At Berlin, WTFilms will also be shopping “Devil’s Mile,” a supernatural thriller penned by Joseph O’Brien (“RoboCop : Prime Directives”). Pic turns on three kidnappers and their two hostages who get stuck on a never-ending road in the middle of nowhere. Starting out as a gritty crime movie, “Devil’s Mile” transforms into a vfx-packed chilling demon pic. Colin Geddes (“ManBorg”) exec produced.

Other titles on WTFilms include the revenge thriller “Hidden In The Woods” and “Almost Human”, which will be released in U.S. by IFC on Feb. 21.

WTFilms is also moving forward with its first in-house production “Teddycam,” a found footage film pitched by Chambet as as “The Call meets Last Exorcism. Co-produced by horror film specialist Xavier Gens (“Frontiers”), “Teddycam” has already been picked up by Metrodome (Canada), Tiberius (Germany) and Umbrella (Australia). 

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