Hollywood is awake. And they have paid attention. According to Shadow and Act, the upcoming movie, Birth of a Nation, which chronicles the slave uprising led by Nat Turner, not only received a standing ovation at the Sundance Film Festival, but ended a bidding war at a Sundance record of $17.5 million when Fox Searchlight Pictures acquired its worldwide rights. An update includes an additional bid of $20 million by both Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and Netflix.
“It brings me immense joy and excitement to welcome the Searchlight team into our family. I embrace their shared passion for this film and its potential impact on our country and the world,” said director, writer, producer and star Nate Parker in a press release.
It’s no surprise to BMWK, as we reported in early December that we thought this film would make an indelible mark. Given the current racial climate in America, the film is both timely and relevant.
The movie is also receiving Oscar buzz for 2017 and the cast couldn’t be happier. After the Sundance release, Twitterverse was apparently abuzz.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 26, 2016
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) January 26, 2016
Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities – against himself and his fellow slaves – Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
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