Birth of A Nation was a Sundance hit
Birth of A Nation, a film written, produced and directed by “The Great Debaters” Nate Parker, shinned at Sundance Film Festival. Being compared to great award winning films 12 Years A Slave and Schindler’s List, the film left festival attendees shaken and some in tears galvanizing buyers. Sony, Universal, TWC, Netflix, Warner Bros, Paramount, Lionsgate and Fox Searchlight battling for the world rights deal. Bids started at $12 million. Although the highest bid was from streaming giant Netflix with a whopping $20 million, Parker chose to close a deal with Fox Searchlight with a record breaking $17.5 million. In the highly sought after film, Parker stars as slave Nat Turner who leads a slave rebellion in Southhampton Virgina in1831. The film also stars Armie Hammer, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Penelope Ann Miller, Mark Boone Junior, and Aja Naomi King. Parker produced with Jason Michael Berman, Aaron L. Gilbert, Preston L. Holmes and Kevin Turen.
Corey Hawkins a Fox Star
His movie “Straight outta Compton” may have been snubbed at the Oscars but Corey Hawkins who played rapper/producer Dr. Dre in the hit film proves his career is taking big strides. Fox’s hit series “24” is returning and Hawkins is set to play Eric Carter "a strong and smart former Army Ranger who finds himself pulled back into action as his past comes looking for him. He eventually turns to CTU for help in saving his life and stopping what potentially could be one of the largest-scale terror attacks on American soil."
“24 Reboot” is all new with Kiefer Sutherland, the original star, as executive producer of the show. Although Sutherland may make a couple appearances many of the original cast will not. “There’s a time jump, a new organization, a completely different story,” Fox co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden teased last week. “It’s a contemporary story about the potential to activate sleeper cells in the United States. There are nods in the pilot to prior CTU agents, but no ongoing characters.”
Ryan Coogler is directing “Black Panther”
When Marvel Comics announced that they had a Black Panther movie in development, that will be starring Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, 42), the search for the best director was underway. Ava DuVernay(Selma) shut down rumors of taking on the job over the summer telling the Huffington Post, “It wasn’t for me. I loved the character, I love that they called me about it, but ultimately, it wasn’t a good match, so I wish them luck.” Taking the director’s chair is 29-year-old director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler. Coogler is best known for passion project-like films such as Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013). “The talents Ryan showcased in his first two films easily made him our top choice to direct ‘Black Panther.’ Many fans have waited a long time to see Black Panther in his own film, and with Ryan we know we’ve found the perfect director to bring T’Challa’s story to life.” said producer Kevin Feige. “Black Panther is set to hit theaters February 16, 2018. Briefly: Slated to bow as a three night event on BET is a biopic on story of New Edition. Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have signed on to co-produce the film...Congratulations to Tyra Banks. The model and her boyfriend welcomed a baby boy, York Banks Asla, on January 28.