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.”
“Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas and Alloy Entertainment received a two-book deal with Vintage Books to publish a new series based on the adult life of the popular titular character. The books will feature an original mystery series and will pick up where events from the forthcoming Veronica Mars movie ends. The book could also help promote the movie and serve as a bridge to a potential film sequel. The film is slated to be released in 2014, and publication for the book will be timed to the release of the film, and will most likely arrive in spring 2014.
A tiny one-screen, 250-car drive-in is faced with its latest — and potentially most daunting fear, film distributors’ switching to digital. Drive-ins have survived 20-screen mammoths that rose like fortresses, Internet TV, which has allowed consumers to stream movies and cable series from their televisions, computers and smartphones. While saving distributors a considerable sum of money, going digital requires theaters to purchase new projectors at a cost of up to $100,000 per screen. It’s the most recent hit to an industry that has endured plenty of them since its 1950s and ’60s heyday. According to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association, the number of operating drive-in movie theaters in America has dwindled to 357, down from more than 4,000 in the late 1950s. In Missouri, just 13 drive-in theaters remain, with a total of 19 screens; Kansas features seven theaters and eight working screens. Drive-ins are a part of America just like any other working collectable, vintage and so on. Many Americans still enjoy sitting in their cars under the stars the thick breeze of fresh air enjoying a movie. It’s an American thing. If its still up running then use it and enjoy.