Clive Owen, Tim Roth’s ‘The Song of Names’ Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics

François Girard, who helmed “The Red Violin,” is directing

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the U.S. rights to Tim Roth and Clive Owen’s “The Song of Names,” directed François Girard.

Oscar nominee Jeffrey Caine wrote the screenplay, based on the award-winning novel by music scholar Norman Lebrecht with an original score by Oscar winner Howard Shore (“The Lord of the Rings”).

Robert Lantos, Lyse Lafontaine and Nick Hirschkorn are producing.

“The Song of Names” is about friendship, betrayal and reconciliation. It shows that sometimes, only music has the power to highlight the truth and heal the people involved.

“‘The Song of Names’ is one of those emotionally rich stories that defies description. Filial love surviving the jaws of history by way of the spiritual magic of music,” SPC said in a statement. “François Girard is the perfect director here, expanding what he achieved with his classic ‘The Red Violin.’ This movie promises to be one of producer Robert Lantos’ finest. It is a pleasure to be working with him again and our friends at HanWay and Ingenious. Audiences are sure to embrace this one at year’s end.”

Girard added: “I am thrilled to be working with Sony Classics. Our film couldn’t be in better hands than Michael Barker and Tom Bernard.”

SPC is planning a 2019 release for the film. HanWay Films is handling worldwide sales, while Elevation Pictures distributes in Canada. The film is a Serependity Point Films, Lyla Films and Feel Films production in association with Ingenious Media and Proton Cinema.