MARV adapts first-look pact with Quercus


LONDON -- Producer-turned-director Matthew Vaughn's U.K.-based production banner MARV Films has inked a three-year, first-look deal with publishing house Quercus Publishing, the parties said Monday.

The deal aims to supply Marv Films with a steady supply of source materials for its ambitions to develop literary works into movies.

Run by Vaughn and biz partner Kris Thykier, previously of PR agency Freud Communications, MARV Films most recently produced "Stardust" for Paramount from the Neil Gaiman novel, with Vaughn directing and producing.

Through the Quercus deal, MARV will have an exclusive and undisclosed window to review all of Quercus' fiction material, with a view toward working with the publisher and its authors to option film rights.

Quercus, launched in 2004 by Mark Smith, Wayne Davies and Anthony Cheetham, has more than 30 writers, ranging from newcomers such as Stef Penney, Peter Temple and Elena Forbes to veterans including Joseph Wambaugh, Donald Westlake and Robert B. Parker.

Early in 2008, Quercus plans to introduce English-language translations of foreign-language crime fiction with best-selling authors from Sweden, Germany, France, Poland and Italy entering the fray.

MARV was established by Vaughn in 2003 as the follow-up to Ska Films, his collaboration with Guy Ritchie that produced "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels," "Snatch" and "Mean Machine."

Vaughn has since moved into the director's chair at MARV, making his debut with "Layer Cake."

MARV has a three-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.