MARV taps Mitchell as head of development


LONDON -- Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's MARV Films has hired former Material Entertainment development executive Charlie Mitchell as head of development.

Mitchell, associated with Material's "Run, Fat Boy, Run" this year, has also spent time at Pathe in the British capital.

MARV is aiming to build a development slate under its three-year, first-look deal with Sony Pictures. Mitchell will be responsible for identifying British writers and directors who can create films for the international marketplace, MARV said.

MARV has three projects in development: World War I drama "The Truce," written by Stuart Beattie ("Collateral"); "Target 18," an international action thriller written by "Prison Break" creator Paul Scheuring; and "The Debt," a remake of Assaf Bernstein's Israeli thriller about three elderly Mossad agents trying to make good their failure to kill a Nazi war criminal 30 years earlier.

"Charlie Mitchell is among the brightest of the new breed of development executives in the U.K.," Thykier said. "We were particularly impressed with his ability to balance intelligent insight and depth with a strong commercial instinct."

MARV also announced a first-look deal to option film rights from U.K. crime publisher Quercus.