Stuart Ford’s sales company will introduce the thriller to buyers at the EFM next month, marking Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar winning The Hurt Locker.

Plot details are being kept under wraps but it is understood Bigelow and The Hurt Locker screenwriter and co-producer Mark Boal are focusing once again on a conflict story set in the Middle East.

CAA is representing North American rights to the project, which is scheduled to begin filming in May at locations that are being finalised before the film-making pair start work on Triple Frontier for Paramount later this year. Casting is expected to be announced shortly.

It is understood both Voltage Pictures, which pre-sold The Hurt Locker,and Summit International, whose sister company Summit Entertainment released that film in the US, had been pursuing rights. Rumours about the pick-up began doing the rounds among the international buying community last week.

Bigelow became the first woman to win the best director Academy Award for The Hurt Locker last year, which also earned wins for best picture, Boal’s screenplay, editing, sound and sounding editing.