Nate Parker, is the director/actor/writer/producer behind the slavery drama The Birth of Nation. The story of how literate slave and preacher Nat Turner ultimately orchestrated a rebellion in 1831 set a new festival record when it sold to Fox Searchlight for $17.5 million.
The rights to the slave rebellion drama The Birth of a Nation, which premiered Monday afternoon in Park City to multiple standing ovations, have been picked up by Fox Searchlight at the Sundance Film Festival for $17.5 million, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
Searchlight beat escalating bids from Weinstein Co., Netflix (which insisted on a day-and-date theatrical and streaming debut), Paramount and other suitors. Nate Parker wrote, directed and stars in the project, which is based on the story Nat Turner, an American-born slave who led the most successful slave rebellion in American history.
Parker said, “You can watch this film and see there are systems that were in place that were corrupt and corrupted people. And the legacy of that still lives with us.”