Nate Parker, whose film “Birth of a Nation” stormed Sundance this year and is expected to play into awards season, has another project in the works. It is being reported that Parker has signed a deal to write, direct and produce a film for Legendary.
The details, including a title, are being held extremely close, but Deadline is reporting that the film deals with “creating a world.” No other details are available at this time.
Following a buzz-worthy Sundance premiere to a prolonged standing ovation, Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” set the record for the biggest Sundance purchase ever at $17.5 million.
The stunning price tag came by way of Fox Searchlight who beat out Netflix and the Weinstein Company, the former of which reportedly bid up to $20 million for the film according to Variety.
The film, which details Nat Turner’s 1831 slave rebellion, screened to rave reviews, according to Deadline reporter Dominic Patten who said the film was “one of the most emotional experiences” he’s ever had at a theater. Patten also reports that the film had “audience members crying in their seats and jumping to their feet in a prolonged standing ovation.”
Variety’s rave review of the film claims, “’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.”
Multiple reviews have drawn comparison to 2013 Best Picture winner “12 Years a Slave” for its brutal honesty in portraying the brutality of slavery. During a Q&A for the film, Parker, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, called it his “passion project.” Parker is known for his previous work in “The Great Debaters” and “Beyond the Lights.”
“The Birth of a Nation” is set for release on Oct. 7. It also stars Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Gabrielle Union, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley and Mark Boone Junior.