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Sony Classics Picks Up Global Rights to ‘Brigsby Bear’

Sundance 2017: Film stars ”SNL“ vet Kyle Mooney

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to “Brigsby Bear,” a dark comedy from Dave McCary.

The film premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section at Sundance.

“Saturday Night Live’s” Kyle Mooney stars in the eccentric comedy about a kid’s TV show produced for an audience of one, who sets out to finish the story after the show suddenly comes to an end. “Brigsby Bear” also features Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins.

Kevin Costello and Mooney wrote the film, which is produced by The Lonely Island, Lord Miller and 3311 Productions, along with YL Pictures.

UTA Independent Film Group and Ian Stratford of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, on behalf of the filmmakers, negotiated the deal.

Sony is planning a summer release for the film. The arthouse imprint has already scooped up “Call Me by Your Name” and “Novitiate” at this year’s Sundance.

“This is a special film made by old and new friends, but today we’re excited to announce that Sony Pictures Classics have become our actual best friends,” McCary, Costello and Mooney said in a statement. “All of our old best friends have been demoted to regular friends.  They are fine, but they never bought movies from us like our new best friends do (sorry Tyler and Adam).  To our best friends at SPC, thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and connection to this story.  We can’t wait to share it with the world.”