Sony Pictures has swooped up a healthy few film rights to the Dan Friedkin thriller drama Lyrebird. The deal, which occurred during the Toronto Film Festival, saw Sony getting the rights in North America, Latin America, Scandinavia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Asia, according to Deadline.
The flick is the directorial debut of Friedkin, having primarily stuck to producing with credits such as The Square, Hot Summer Nights, The Mule, Ben Is Back, and more.
Lyrebird follows Joseph Piller, played by Claes Bang, a soldier tasked with investigating stolen art soon after World War II. In his investigation, he focuses on Dutch painter Han van Meegeren, portrayed by Guy Pearce, who is on trial for selling and conspiring with Nazis. The act of conspiring with Nazis was illegal and can lead to death. The mounting evidence suggesting his guilt was not enough for Piller, who believed there was more to the story.
This is Sony’s second purchase during the Toronto Film Festival. Earlier this month, they acquired US distribution rights to Michael Winterbottom’s Greed, a fashion industry satire film.
Lyrebird will be distributed everywhere else via FilmNation.