Content holds market preem for crime-thriller

Universal Pictures Intl. Entertainment has picked up multi-territory rights for David L. G. Hughes’ “Hard Boiled Sweets” for U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Benelux and Scandinavia.

Content is shopping the pic at AFM, where it has its market preem screening.

The crime-thriller stars Scot Williams (“The Crew”), Paul Freeman (“Hot Fuzz”), Peter Wight (“Another Year”), Ian Hart (“Finding Neverland”), Elizabeth Berrington (“In Bruges”), Laura Greenwood (“The Brothers Grimm”) and Philip Barantini (“Band of Brothers”).

Story, which is based on Hughes’ short “A Girl and a Gun,” sees an ex-con forced into pulling a heist — stealing a large sum of money from a mob boss — that he doesn’t want to.

Pic is produced by Hughes and exec produced by Margaret Matheson. Deal was negotiated by Content head of sales Harry White and UPIE’s intl. acquisitions manager Jasper van Hecke.

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