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, that had an electrifying premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The Weinstein Company, Netflix, Paramount, and Sony were among the companies making offers on the picture, Variety has learned. Bidding lasted through the night, with one company, believed to be Netflix, offering $20 million for the picture. The deal is the richest in Sundance history.
The film was written and directed by Nate Parker, who also stars as Turner and invested his own money in the production. Parker is best known for his work in “The Great Debaters” and “Beyond the Lights.” The response to the picture was seismic and the Oscar buzz erupted as soon as the lights went up following the picture’s debut at the Eccles Theatre.
In a rave review, Variety critic Justin Chang wrote, “‘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.”
The cast includes Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley and Mark Boone Junior. WME handled sales of the film.
Deadline continues its Sundance Film Festival panel series with the fest’s most buzzed-about title: Nate Parker’s Birth Of A Nation, which world premiered yesterday at an emotional and electrifying screening and then landed a record $17.5M deal with Fox Searchlight after an all-night bidding war. Writer-director-producer-star Parker joins Deadline’s Dominic Patten right now at the Samsung Studio and brings with him co-stars Armie Hammer and Penelope Ann Miller, producers Jason Michael Berman and Kevin Turen and more to discuss the film’s seven-year odyssey to reach the screen.
I have added 4 images of Armie filming “Nocturnal Animals” with Amy Adams to our photo archive.
I have added two promotional images from “The Birth of a Nation” to our photo archive.
I have uploaded 19 photos from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. premiere in Rio de Janeiro that Armie attended this monday.
Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer attend a photo call for their movie The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on Monday morning by the beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have updated the gallery with additional photos from the photo call.
I have updated the gallery with additional HQ photos from the events that Armie attended this month.
– Armie Hammer Online > Events & Appearances > 2015 > [August 10] ‘Good Morning America’ in NYC
– Armie Hammer Online > Events & Appearances > 2015 > [August 10] ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ premiere in NYC
– Armie Hammer Online > Events & Appearances > 2015 > [August 11] The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Premiere at Scotiabank Theatre
– Armie Hammer Online > Events & Appearances > 2015 > [August 12] SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’
– Armie Hammer Online > Events & Appearances > 2015 > [August 12] The Man From U.N.C.L.E. at BAFTA New York Screening
Armie Hammer has just joined the cast of fashion designer and director Tom Ford‘s upcoming film Nocturnal Animals!
The 28-year-old actor – fresh off of his latest film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – will be playing Amy Adams‘ husband in the new movie.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kim Basinger, and Michael Shannon round out the star-studded cast.
The film will follow two parts – the first part following a woman named Susan, who receives a manuscript from her ex, asking for her opinion. The second part of the film involves Nocturnal Animals, which is the name of the manuscript. It is about a family vacation that turns violent.
Stay tuned for the movie, which is expected to hit theaters next year!
Warner Brothers has released the Action Dossier for Armie’s new film The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Armie was on Conan last night, where he talked about his injury and a perfect russian accent.
– Armie Hammer Online >
Events & Appearances > 2015> [August 5] Conan