A film that has had the Sundance Film Festival buzzing since its world premiere at the Eccles Theater on January 21st has sold for $12.5 Million.
Netflix has collected the distribution rights for the US amongst others regions including England, Canada, Italy, South Africa, Iceland and others. Netflix’s domestic plan for Mudbound involves a theatrical release alongside a same day online release.
The feature is from Dee Rees the award-winning writer/director of Pariah, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Pariah later collected the John Cassavetes Award from the Spirit Awards and the Gotham Awards honor for Best Breakthrough Director. More recently Rees wrote and directed the HBO film Bessie, which won four Emmy Awards. Dee Rees past on the awards trail makes the awards season talk surrounding his new feature drama Mudbound all the more valid.
Dee Rees directed and co-wrote the feature with television writer Virgil Williams. Just a few actors amongst the films cast are Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Mary J. Blige.
Mudbound is set in the post-WWII South, this epic pioneer story pits two families against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. Newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis, the McAllans are underprepared and overly hopeful for Henry’s grandiose farming dreams while Laura strives to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. For Hap and Florence Jackson, whose families have worked the land for generations, every day is a losing venture as they struggle bravely to build some small dream of their own. The war upends both families, as their returning loved ones, Jamie and Ronsel, forge a fast, uneasy friendship that challenges them all.
The rights deal is the biggest of this years Sundance Film Festival and comes alongside Netflix’s other rights acquisitions of To The Bone and Fun Mom Dinner. Netflix has also acquired three documentaries over this years festival, Icarus, Chasing Coral and Casting JonBenet.