Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to “Greed,” a satire about the super-rich from director Michael Winterbottom starring Steve Coogan, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.
The film, which made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend at the Elgin Theater, skewers the world of high fashion, specifically looking at the grotesque inequality between a greedy billionaire (Coogan) and the female garment workers who toil on his fashion line. Winterbottom follows the billionaire as he preps his lavish, 60th birthday party in Mykonos, as overseen by reality TV cameras, all while Syrian refugees have arrived and set up camp on the Greek shores.
David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Shirley Henderson, Asa Butterfield, Dinita Gohil, Shanina Shaik and Sarah Solemani co-star in the film that Winterbottom wrote and directed, with additional material from Sean Gray.
Sony Pictures International Productions and Film4 produced “Greed,” with Damian Jones and Melissa Parmenter serving as producers. Daniel Battsek and Ollie Madden are the executive producers on the film.
Sony Pictures Classics has had a busy festival, as the distributor also acquired “Lyrebird” starring Vicky Krieps, and they’re attached to release the next film from Azazel Jacobs, “French Exit,” which kicks off production in October.
Deadline first reported the news of the acquisition.