‘The Birth of a Nation’ Bought For Most Expensive Deal in Sundance History

By January 26, 2016

There have already been a number of titles from this year’s Sundance Film Festival that have drawn a fair amount of attention in the film community, whether it be Kenneth Lonergan’s critically-acclaimed family drama, Manchester by the Sea, Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano’s farting corpse drama, Swiss Army Man, and more. However, none have drawn quite as much hype and acclaim as The Birth of a Nation.

The film, written, directed, and starring Nate Parker, was welcomed with a standing ovation from Sundance attendees last night following its premiere, garnering more buzz than practically any other film at the festival this year.

As you can probably imagine too, it wasn’t long before a bidding war began for the film, with production companies like The Weinstein Company and Sony reportedly offering as much as eight figures for the film, and Netflix even offering a staggering $20 million for distribution rights. However, Deadline is reporting that Parker and his producers have opted to sell the film to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million, which is the most expensive purchase in the festival’s history.

This makes sense considering Fox Searchlight’s constant presence in the awards seasons every year, and the critical-acclaim that it has already received from its screening last night. The report states that buyers were practically streaming into the screening lobby last night after the film’s showing, and it didn’t take long for offers to be made.

The film, which shares the same title as D.W. Griffin’s Klu Klux Klan propaganda film from 1915, tells the story of slave Nat Turner’s 48-hour slave rebellion in 1831, while also showing the brutality and savagery that the slaves experienced at the time. Already drawing comparisons to 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, and coming at a very interesting time with the current Oscar diversity issues that have basically everyone talking right now, The Birth of a Nation has already made one hell of an impact in the festival circuit, and we can only imagine the reception it will receive when its theatrical release inevitably happens later this year.

The Birth of a Nation does not currently have a release date.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable