AV Pictures has sold UK rights to action thriller The Tournament to Entertainment Film Distributors.

The film, starring Robert Carlyle, Ving Rhames and Kelly Hu, is about a fight between the world's greatest assassins. AV likens it to 'a grown-up Battle Royale.'

First-time feature director Scott Mann will start shooting in Bulgaria on July 11. Keith Bell, who produced Dog Soldiers, is producing.

Sherezade Film Development is financing.

AV has also soldThe Tournamentto Scandinavia (Scanbox), Benelux (Indies) and CIS (Lizard).

AV Pictures managing director Vic Bateman 'We are delighted to have concluded deals with such high-quality distributors who we feel are as enthused by the potential of this picture as we are.'