D Films Corp. announced earlier today that it will launch a new production division in partnership with veteran producer Rob Merilees (“Motive”, CAPOTE, BRAIN ON FIRE, STONE OF DESTINY). The new partnership is actively developing both feature film and television content in Canada, launching with the series “Headhunter”, and will leverage the company’s established platform and international distribution relationships.
The Eight part series “Headhunter” is based on the bestselling Mountie Noir thrillers about the Special X psycho-hunters of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police by Vancouver criminal lawyer Michael Slade, who specialized in murder cases involving insanity. Of the Special X series, Outlander’s Diana Gabaldon says: “Crime doesn’t come any darker than Slade’s Mountie Noir. His thrillers are blood-chilling, spine- tingling, gut-wrenching, and a much closer look at the inside of a maniac’s brain than most people would find comfortable – but always riveting.” Of Slade’s Headhunter, shock rock icon Alice Cooper says: “Headhunter stunned me! It’s really good.”
Cemetery Dance Publications will release Headhunter – the all-new reimagined version in development – as a limited signed hardcover in October 2017 and a trade paperback in January 2018.
“I’m thrilled to be working with D Films on this new shingle,” stated Merilees. “This is such an exciting time for Canadian film and television and I believe that we will be welcomed by content creators across the nation.”
“Vertically expanding the company through content creation has been a key business objective for D Films.
Launching this new division with Rob, one of the most successful producers in North America, realizes that goal and strengthens the company’s position for future growth,” said Jim Sherry, CEO and President of D Films Corp.
“Moving into content creation is a very exciting opportunity, and a natural evolution for the company,” said Michael Robson, SVP of Acquisitions and Business Development at D Films. “Rob has been part of the D Films family since the beginning. His experience in film and television production is tremendous, and formalizing this partnership is a huge asset for our new venture.”
The production division’s upcoming slate is a strong one that highlights Canadian talent from west to east, including co-productions with Luxembourg/Belgium (Bruce MacDonald’s DREAMLAND) and Ireland (April Mullen’s BLOODY KNUCKLES), as well as Charles Martin Smith’s (DOLPHIN TALE) film, THE MACLEAN BOYS.