Nate Parker‘s Birth Of A Nation is picking up steam in a hurry. The film, which was written, directed and stars Parker as Nat Turner, has been aglow with the world’s anticipation for months now. But after this weekend’s premiere at The Sundance Film Festival, the film has reportedly been acquired for distribution by Fox Searchlight in a historic deal. The company purchased Birth Of A Nation for the righteous sum of $17.5 million, after a bidding war between Searchlight, The Weinstein Company, Sony and Netflix, making it the single largest acquisition in the festival’s history.
Birth Of A Nation centers around Nat Turner’s rebellion, borrowing its title from a 1915 KKK propaganda piece in an effort to reclaim and repurpose the title. Now that distribution has been secured, you can very well expect to see the film in, at least in some limited capacity, in a theater near you. Those that caught the premiere are already singing the film’s praises, virtually cementing it as an Oscar contender next year. If you’re still fuzzy on the details, jump back to our feature and get acquainted with the production that’s got everyone talking.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.