Trades: Tournament, Valkyrie, Ascent

“Entertainment Film Distributors has acquired U.K. rights to AV Pictures’ thriller “The Tournament.” Lensing starts July 11 in Bulgaria. Pic tells the story of a battle royale that takes place every 10 years in an unsuspecting town as a group of contestants made up of the world’s greatest assassins fight it out to the death. Robert Carlyle (“28 Weeks Later”), Ving Rhames (“Pulp Fiction”) and Kelly Hu (“X-Men 2″) star…” (full details)

“Despite not shooting at German war memorials, United Artists’ “Valkyrie” – which focuses on German military hero Col. Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg – will receive E4.8 million ($6.5 million) from the government’s new $80 million a year German Federal Film Fund…” (full details)

“Screenwriter-turned-comic book publisher Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes have been hired to do a rewrite on Walt Disney Pictures’ “First Ascent.” The film is described as a supernatural action adventure that revolves around a group of climbers who, while attempting to ascend a mountain in Bhutan, are attacked by an unseen beast…” (full details)