Nate Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation, a drama about the 1831 slave rebellion led by Nat Turner, received several minutes of a standing ovation Monday night at the Sundance Film Festival.
Parker, who stars in the film, wrote and directed it, as well invested his own money into making the film. And it seems as though all of that has paid off. According to Variety, the Weinstein Company and Fox Searchlight are making offers for the movie. And Sony and Netflix are also believed to be interested. So far bids have come in for as much as $15,000,000, which would make it the biggest sale at Sundance.
Not only has the response been amazing at Sundance, the film has already received Oscar buzz for next year.
Variety critic Justin Chang wrote in his review that: “‘The Birth of a Nation’ exists to provoke a serious debate about the necessity and limitations of empathy, the morality of retaliatory violence, and the ongoing black struggle for justice and equality in this country. It earns that debate and then some.”
Fox Searchlight beat out the competition to acquire Birth of A Nation for $17.5 million.
— Claudia Eller (@Variety_Claudia) January 26, 2016