Sony Pictures has entered into a three-year first-look deal with Matthew Vaughn and Kris Thykier's UK-based Marv Films as part of the studio's International Motion Picture Production initiative.

Vaughn launched Marv Films in 2003 as the follow-up to Ska Films, the collaboration with Guy Ritchie that spawned Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Mean Machine.

Marv is currently preparing for the release of the fairytale romance Stardust, which was directed, produced, and co-written by Vaughn and will open through Paramount on Aug 10.

'We've been fans of Matthew since we worked with him on Snatch and Layer Cake,' Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group vice chairman Gareth Wigan said.

'His films are fresh and original - both as a producer and as a director - and Matthew has made a distinctive mark on the UK film industry. Through this deal, we look forward to producing appropriately budgeted British films with Matthew for distribution in the UK, internationally and where appropriate, in the United States.'

'Sony Pictures has recognised its role as a global company,' president of international motion picture production Deborah Schindler said. 'The purpose of the International Motion Picture division is to extend our overseas reach to identify the next generation of artists with stories to tell and the films that Matthew and Kris want to make are just what we're looking for.'

'As a film-maker, I have had a long and successful relationship with SPE,' Vaughn said. 'Their belief in me early in my career is something for which I will always be grateful. I am delighted to be re-teaming with Sony Pictures in this new chapter for Marv and look forward to bringing the next generation of British movie talent to the worldwide marketplace.'

'I have worked with Sony Pictures for a number of years and believe that they are the perfect studio with which to partner,' Thykier added. 'Under the leadership of Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, the company has shown an unprecedented and genuine commitment to the international marketplace both in terms of production and distribution.

'Gareth Wigan and Deborah Schindler's International Motion Picture Production group has a deep understanding of and passion for local production and its ability to succeed globally.'

Prior to joining Marv as Vaughn's producing partner, Thykier served as vice chairman of marketing and PR company Freud Communications.