“The Birth of a Nation” made Sundance Film Festival history scoring the highest deal yet, $17.5 million for Fox Searchlight Studios to acquire the picture.
The slave drama has already scored Oscar buzz among critics and industry tastemakers at the festival, with Sony, The Weinstein Company and Netflix putting in high bids Monday night to secure worldwide rights, Variety reports, calling the deal “the richest in Sundance history.”
Set against the antebellum South, “The Birth of a Nation,” directed by and starring Nate Parker, follows Nat Turner–a literate slave and preacher whose owner allows him to minister his unruly slaves. But after witnessing the abuses against his slaves, he leads an uprising.
The film also stars Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, and Mark Boone Jr.