Thursday, April 25, 2024

Sundance Record Set as “The Birth of a Nation” Sells to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 Mil


When the dust — or mud– settled in Sundance today, a new sales record was set. Fox Searchlight has reportedly bought “The Birth of a Nation” for $17.5 million.

The movie tells the story of former slave Nat Turner, who led a liberation of slaves that turned violent in 1831. Nate Parker wrote, directed and stars in the film as Turner.

A fierce bidding war went on all night in Sundance with The Weinstein Company, Paramount and Netflix all vying for the rights.

But Fox Searchlight won the Oscar for “12 Years a Slave,” so this makes sense. “The Birth of a Nation” will be a big player in next year’s Oscars and at the box office next fall.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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