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‘Birth Of A Nation’ Remake Lands Biggest Deal in Sundance History!

Nate Parker’s The Birth of A Nation adaptation based on one of the biggest slave rebellions in North America led by Nat Turner debuted at Sundance Film Festival Monday to rave reviews and standing ovations that lasted through the entire ending credits.

When Parker took the stage for a Q&A session after the film’s premiere he brought up not just his supporting cast but a large part of the production team as well to illustrate just how much work went into this project.

Parker explained the hardships he faced to bring the film to life, giving up acting for nearly two years and struggling to finance what’s being dubbed a “slavery drama.”

Hollywood Reporter, reported one particular question that stirred a really significant answer from Parker.

“This film carries a lot of responsibility. How can we help you carry it?” asked someone in the audience in the first question of the night.

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“I made this film for one reason, with the hope of creating change agents. That people can watch this film and be affected. That you can watch this film and see that there were systems that were in place that were corrupt and corrupted people and the legacy of that still lives with us,” said Parker. “I just want you, if you are affected and you are so moved, to ask yourself, ‘Are there systems in my life that need attention whether it be racial, gender?’ There are a lot of injustices.”

Well Parker’s hard work has payed of in a huge way.

Reports are stating that after a bidding session that went long into the night, Fox Searchlight is wrapping up a record breaking deal of about $17.5 million to acquire the world rights for The Birth of A Nation, the richest deal in Sundance history.

It’s rumored that companies including Sony and Netflix battled it out bidding into the high millions for distribution rights to the film, but in the end it looks like Fox Searchlight won.

The cast of the film includes Parker himself starring as Nat Turner, as well as  Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Penelope Ann Miller, and Gabrielle Union.

Ariel Leconte

Ariel Leconte

Ariel is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and creator of Revolutionary In Pink Pumps blog. She is equally obsessed with social justice, lipstick, culture, and red wine.