Nate Parker’s tenacity as a Black actor and filmmaker is finally paying off handsomely in both accolades and dollars following the overwhelmingly positive reception his film, Birth of a Nation, received at the Sundance Film Festival. According to Variety, “Fox Searchlight is closing a $17.5 million deal to acquire worldwide rights to The Birth of a Nation, a drama about the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner.”
As excited as we are to see this story told on the big screen, we’re even more proud of what this film’s early success means. Parker, who not only stars as Turner in the film, also wrote, directed, and produced the project, meaning he invested his own money into the production, and is seeing a sweet payoff in a time where many are adamant about black men and women in film creating their own.
Variety reports The Weinstein Company, Netflix, Paramount, and Sony were all making offers on the film with Netflix reportedly being willing to offer up $20 million for the rights to the movie. Let this be a reminder that it is possible to tell our own stories, in our own voice, and with our own people, and achieve success.