First-look deal with Sony comes to an end

Kris Thykier has ankled as co-topper of Matthew Vaughn’s Marv Films to launch his own shingle, PeaPie Films. The move ends Marv’s first-look deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Thykier and Vaughn will continue to work on Marv’s slate, which includes three projects in post-production: the Nicolas Cage starrer “KickAss,” written and directed by Vaughn; John Madden’s “The Debt,” starring Helen Mirren; and Daniel Barber’s “Harry Brown,” starring Michael Caine.

The Marv split, described as amicable, is largely due to the co-toppers’ diverging interests. Vaughn is thought to want to focus on writing and directing while Thykier is believed to want to pursue his career as a producer via PeaPie, an amalgam of the nicknames of his two children.

Thykier joined Marv in January 2007 from PR firm Freud Communications, where he was vice chairman.

The end of Marv’s first-look deal with Sony, inked in July 2007, is unlikely to have major repercussions as the companies never found a project to work on together. Sony distributed Vaughn’s helming debut “Layer Cake” as well as Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch,” which Vaughn produced.

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