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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.

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Sattelite

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One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind; to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crisis around the world and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genius behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at it’s core, it’s like, listen, ‘we gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of back bone, a message about climate change and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the cautiousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural ills and weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “Integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying ‘here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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