Antoine Fuqua is the toast of 2020’s virtual Cannes Market, Fuqua and Will Smith have come together for the first time and boy have they created a stir.
Emancipation the film that bring the dynamic duo together has been in a neck to neck battle at the ongoing Cannes film festival however Apple and Warner have been the front runners for the project.
there is a record breaking deal for a festival pre-buy, as the bidding is in the $130 million vicinity from a gross standpoint, with around $110 million net.
However we have now learned ( not confirmed) that apple has out bid warner and has acquired the project for a 145 million the highest deal to be closed in the festival’s history.
Willam N. Collage‘s scripted action thriller is about the harrowing escape of Peter, a runaway slave forced to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey North where he joined the Union Army.
Amdb reported earlier that the film opened to a 45 million ask and 40 million take, however soon the project jumped to 75 million and is closing to almost double of that now.
The death of George Flloyd and the Black Lives Matter has driven the value of the project onto sky rocket prices. The story of Peter was also fueled by an indelible image, after he showed his bare back during an Army medical examination.
The photos taken of the scars from a whipping delivered by an overseer on the plantation got published and seen around the world in 1863 got Fuqua motivated to tell the story.
The film will use all the cruelty towards the historical background, but at heart it is a Fuqua style action thriller with a powerful emotional core that involves Peter’s death-defying journey to escape his captors.
The film could be well be into the space of Mel Gibson’s Apocolypto however with the style Fuqua brings to the table and edge of your seat cutting.
Fuqua will executive produce under his Fuqua Films banner, alongside Cliff Roberts.
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