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Marv Studios
FormerlySKA Films (1997–2003)
TypeProduction company
IndustryFilm and television production
Founded1997; 24 years ago (1997)
HeadquartersLondon, England
Key people
Matthew Vaughn,
Kris Thykier
ProductsFilms, television series
WebsiteOfficial website

Marv Studios (commonly known as Marv and stylised as MARV, and formerly SKA Films) is a British production company owned by Matthew Vaughn. It is best known for the motion pictures Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.


SKA Films

In 1997, producer Matthew Vaughn and director Guy Ritchie launched their own company in the United Kingdom, with its first project being Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, which is for Handmade Films.[1]

In 1999, Vaughn and Ritchie struck an agreement with Sony Pictures to distribute its next project, Snatch.[2]

The team followed it up with their next big project Swept Away, starring Madonna.[3] The film ended up being bombed critically and commercially.[4] It went on to win the Golden Raspberry Awards in 2003.[5]

Marv Films

Later that same year, Ritchie and Vaughn broke up ties, thus rebranding from SKA Films to Marv Films, and its first production under the new banner was Matthew Vaughn's directorial debut Layer Cake.[6]

In 2007, it signed a deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment to produce its feature films.[7] Later that same year, Charlie Mitchell joined the company.[8]

In 2009, Kris Thykier decided to leave Marv Films, in order to set up PeaPie Films, to produce new feature films.[9]

In 2018, Vaughn launched its subsidiary Marv Studios to set up new feature film reboots.[10]


Title Release date Director Producer Writer Production company Release studio Rotten Tomatoes
as SKA Films
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 28 August 1998 Guy Ritchie Matthew Vaughn Guy Ritchie Handmade Films
The Steve Tisch Company
Summit Entertainment
Gramercy Pictures
Columbia TriStar Film Distributors International
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Snatch 23 August 2000 Screen Gems
Columbia Pictures
Mean Machine 26 December 2001 Barry Skolnick Tracy Keenan Wynn
Charlie Fletcher
Chris Baker
Andrew Day
Paramount Pictures 34%[13]
Swept Away 11 October 2002 Guy Ritchie Guy Ritchie CODI SpA Screen Gems 5%[14]
as Marv Films
Layer Cake 1 October 2004 Matthew Vaughn Adam Bohling
David Reid
Matthew Vaughn
J. J. Connolly Sony Pictures Classics 81%[15]
Stardust 10 April 2007 Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Michael Dreyer
Neil Gaiman
Matthew Vaughn
Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
Ingenious Media Paramount Pictures 76%[16]
Harry Brown 11 November 2009 Daniel Barber Matthew Vaughn
Kris Thykier
Matthew Brown
Keith Bell
Gary Young UK Film Council
HanWay Films
Framestore Features
Lionsgate Entertainment 64%[17]
Kick Ass 26 March 2010 Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn
Brad Pitt
Kris Thykier
Adam Bohling
Tarquin Pack
David Reid
Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
Plan B Entertainment Lionsgate Entertainment
Universal Pictures
The Debt 30 September 2010 John Madden Matthew Vaughn
Kris Thykier
Matthew Vaughn
Jane Goldman
Peter Straughan
Focus Features
Kick-Ass 2 14 August 2013 Jeff Wadlow Adam Bohling
Tarquin Pack
David Reid
Matthew Vaughn
Jeff Wadlow Plan B Entertainment
Universal Pictures 31%[20]
Kingsman: The Secret Service 13 December 2014 Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn
David Reid
Adam Bohling
Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
Cloudy Productions
Shangri-La Entertainment
TSG Entertainment
20th Century Fox 74%[21]
Fantastic Four 7 August 2015 Josh Trank Gregory Goodman
Simon Kinberg
Robert Kulzer
Hutch Parker
Matthew Vaughn
Jeremy Slater
Simon Kinberg
Josh Trank
Marvel Entertainment
Constantin Film
Kinberg Genre
Robert Kulzer Productions
TSG Entertainment
Eddie the Eagle 26 February 2016 Dexter Fletcher Adam Bohling
David Reid
Rupert Maconick
Valerie Van Galder
Matthew Vaughn
Sean Macaulay
Simon Kelton
Studio Babelsberg
Saville Productions
TSG Entertainment
20th Century Fox 80%[23]
Kingsman: The Golden Circle 20 September 2017 Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn
David Reid
Adam Bohling
Jane Goldman
Matthew Vaughn
TSG Entertainment
Cloudy Productions
20th Century Fox 51%[24]
Rocketman 31 May 2019 Dexter Fletcher Adam Bohling
David Furnish
Elton John
David Reid
Matthew Vaughn
Lee Hall Rocket Pictures
New Republic Pictures
Paramount Pictures 89%[25]
Silent Night 3 December 2021 Camille Griffin Matthew Vaughn
Trudie Styler
Celine Rattray
Camille Griffin Maven Pictures RLJE Films
The King's Man 22 December 2021 Matthew Vaughn Matthew Vaughn
David Reid
Adam Bohling
Matthew Vaughn
Karl Gajdusek
20th Century Studios
TSG Entertainment
20th Century Studios
Tetris TBA Jon S. Baird Matthew Vaughn
Leonard Blavatnik
Gregor Cameron
Gillian Berrie
Noah Pink AI Film
Apple TV+


Title First aired Last aired Co-production Network Notes
as SKA Films
Lock, Stock... 29 May 2000 11 July 2000 Ginger Productions Channel 4
Swag 2002 2004 Five
as Marv Films
Untitled Kingsman TV series TBA TBA 20th Television Hulu


  1. ^ "Paragon unveils 5 new HandMade pix". Variety. 21 February 1997. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  2. ^ Petrikin, Chris; Carver, Benedict (7 January 1999). "Sony, Ska make 'Diamonds' deal". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  3. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (27 July 2001). "Newlyweds 'Swept'". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. ^ Hoffmann, Bill (15 October 2002). "MADONNA BOMBS – 'SWEPT AWAY' IS LATEST WA$HOUT IN LONG LINE OF FLOPS". New York Post. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Madonna sweeps board at annual Raspberry awards". The Guardian. 24 March 2003. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  6. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (15 June 2003). "Vaughn takes 'Cake,' Ritchie fires 'Revolver'". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  7. ^ Garrett, Diane (16 June 2007). "Sony, Marv Films pact". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  8. ^ Dawtrey, Adam (7 December 2007). "Mitchell joins MARV Films". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  9. ^ Jaafar, Ali (6 July 2009). "Thykier exits Marv, sets up PeaPie". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (8 June 2018). "Matthew Vaughn Plans 'Kick-Ass' Reboot & 'Kingsman' Spinoff, Launches Marv Studios". Deadline. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  11. ^ Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1999), retrieved 29 May 2020
  12. ^ Snatch (2001), retrieved 29 May 2020
  13. ^ Mean Machine (2002), retrieved 29 May 2020
  14. ^ Swept Away (2002), retrieved 29 May 2020
  15. ^ "Layer Cake". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Stardust". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 17 March 2008.
  17. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 5 September 2010.
  18. ^ "Kick-Ass  (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  19. ^ "The Debt". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  20. ^ "Kick-Ass 2 (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Kingsman: The Secret Service". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  22. ^ "Fantastic Four (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  23. ^ "Eddie the Eagle (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 June 2016.
  24. ^ "Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Rocketman (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  26. ^ "Silent Night". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 26 September 2021.

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