Nate Parker’s film The Birth of a Nation just inked a massive deal following its strong debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
It’s been confirmed that Fox Searchlight picked up the independent project for a whopping $17.5 million, thus becoming the highest price paid for a film at Sundance.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox Searchlight outbid major studios, including Weinstein Co., Netflix and Paramount. But aside from the film’s stellar reviews and monster deal, it’s the how Parker was able to make the film come to fruition that in our eyes, is the bigger story.
Back in August, HipHollywood joined Nate and other major executives in the entertainment industry in discussing getting Black stories told on the big and or small screen, and for Nate, it was about doing all he could to get the story of Nat Turner told. “I went to an investor guy that I knew and I said ‘look, this is what this movie is about. I’m not going to promise you’re going to make any money, but I think this film could create sustainable systematic change within our community of African decent and in the whole country.'”
Parker explained that while selling the Irish investor, he had to explain that “this is something if we pump our souls into the rewards will be more than the money.”
According to Nate, the investor “gave me money to go out and raise more money … I traveled all around the world and begged. I never told a person ‘you’re going to make all this money.’ I just said ‘this is necessary and you are going to be a part of something that I believe is special and I won’t let you down.'”
Parker went on to make the film for $8.3 million.
The movie, according to the 36-year-old, is about “Nat Turner, a patriot that stood for the ideals that were written in this country.”
Congrats to the actor.