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Mitchell joins MARV Films

Exec to head development

LONDON — Charlie Mitchell has joined Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier’s MARV Films as head of development.

Mitchell was previously a development executive at Material Entertainment, which had a hit this year with “Run, Fat Boy, Run.” Before that he worked at Pathe on films including “The Queen” and “The Descent.”

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

The company already has three projects in development: World War One 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.

Earlier this week, MARV announced a first-look deal to option film rights from U.K. crime publisher Quercus.

“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.”

After producing Guy Ritchie’s “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Snatch” and “Swept Away,” Vaughn set up MARV in 2003 and made his directorial debut with “Layer Cake” the following year. His second film as a director, the family fantasy “Stardust,” has passed $100 million at the worldwide box office, including $28 million in the U.K.

Thykier, former vice chairman of PR outfit Freud Communications, joined MARV at the start of 2007.

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