AV Pictures and producers strike deal for sci-fi-thriller currently shooting in the UK.

AV Pictures and producers Lionel Hicks and Craig Conway have struck a multi-territory deal with eOne for sci-fi thriller Scintilla, which is currently shooting in the north of England.

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eOne has taken rights for France, German-speaking Europe, Scandinavia and South Africa.

Billy O’Brien directs the story of a disparate group of mercenaries hired to a lead a special unit deep into a former Soviet state to retrieve data from an underground militia base.

John Lynch, Morjana Alaoui, Ned Denehey, Beth Winslet and Antonia Thomas star. Production designer is Skyfall and Prometheus art director Paul Inglis.

Producers Lionel Hicks and Craig Conway of Forefront Features and Liquid Noise Films said: “We are delighted to be in production after an intensive period of development and support with our co-producers Doug Abbott and John Wolstenholme.

“Mark Brooke and Ben Sweet of North Light Studios have also been a vital element behind the filming of Scintilla.”

Commented Lee Brazier, AV Pics’ director of production and acquisitions: “We are delighted to be working on this exciting project with its producers and Billy O’Brien whose work I have admired and followed for many years.”