Toronto: Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Lyrebird’
  • Author: Brent Lang
  • September 11,2019

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up rights to “Lyrebird,” the directorial debut of billionaire businessman Dan Friedkin, Variety has confirmed.

The pact is for North American rights and marks one of the only sales at an acquisitions market that could be charitably described as moribund. That could change if, as rumored, a deep-pocketed buyer ponies up for the Hugh Jackman-led school embezzlement drama “Bad Education.”

“Lyrebird” centers on a former Dutch resistance member who investigates the theft of art in the wake of World War II. The cast includes Vicky Krieps, Guy Pearce, Roland Moller, and Claes Bang.

Friedkin, whose net worth is estimated by Forbes to be $4 billion, owns franchised distributor Gulf States Toyota, as well as the luxury management firm Auberge Resorts and Imperative Entertainment, the producer of “The Square” and “All the Money in the World.”

A committed film buff and pilot, he worked with the
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