Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” a drama about Nat Turner’s slave rebellion in 1831, has been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures, 20th Century Fox’s sister company that primarily focuses on independent films, the studio confirmed.
According to Variety, Fox Searchlight obtained the film for $17.5 million, making it the biggest deal in Sundance history. The film, which is written, directed, and stars Parker, was being bid on by The Weinstein Company, Sony, and Netflix.
Parker’s “Nation” has been the talk of this year’s festival earning a “rapturous standing ovation” at its premiere, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
It has also been one of the most critically acclaimed films at Sundance.