Filming for upcoming Nat Turner project begins next month

Lord, how I have been waiting for something like this.....

From Tea & Breakfast:
Nat Turner’s infamous slave rebellion is the focus of Nate Parker’s newest project. The Beyond the Lights actor will star as Turner and direct the riveting 1831 uprising that led to tighter regulations for African-American slaves, changing the course of history.

According to
Variety, the cast will include How to Get Away With Murder's Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union (Think Like a Man Too), and Roger Guenveur Smith (Empire State) just to name a few. Turner led dozens of slaves throughout part of Virginia, killing 50+ white people resulting in the South’s deadliest slave uprising. He managed to stay in hiding for two months. After his capture, Turner was tried in court and sentenced to execution. He was hanged, and then skinned.

...David Goyer (The Dark Knight) serves as one of the executive producers. Shooting begins next month and the film is expected to have a 2016 release date.

CHECK PLEASE: Let’s give Nate a round of applause for preserving an often forgotten piece of history. I can already smell a 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture…or at least a nomination.
Most likely it'll be snubbed a la Selma, but so long as there are no white saviors and it's not told from a Eurocentric point of view, it's getting my money.

Especially since he's titling it The Birth of a Nation.  Seriously.

Nate Parker

Gabrielle Union

Aja Naomi King

Roger Guenveur Smith

Dwight Henry

Colman Domingo

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  1. Sounds good! but I will agree with you, the Oscar panel will snub him.I don't think that it will be nominated whatsoever.

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  2. White people love horror movies. They love to be frightened by things that go bump in the night. Hostel, Hellraiser, The Budankadunk,- Oops… I mean The Babadook, It Follows: they can’t get enough of the genre. They travel hundreds of miles searching for ghosts and phantasms just to satiate their thirst for the macabre. But Fear of a black/brown uprising scares whites most of all. The fear that one day the tables will be turned and they’ll be treated with the same disregard, the same callousness they’ve treated people of color for 400 years.

    The images from Nat Turner’s Rebellion: "Of armed black men roaming the country side slaying white men, women, and children, haunted white southerners and showed slave owners how vulnerable they were."

    Granted, the narrative might be strong enough to draw whites in (if not for the violence against white men, women and children) than certainly for the pugnacity against blacks in retaliation.

    "...Then, as fear spread through the white population, white mobs turned on blacks who had played no role in the uprising. An estimated two to three hundred African Americans, most of whom were not connected to the rebellion, were murdered by white mobs."

    Inserting a White Savior trumps the very purpose for such a film, as the protagonist is heroically black (and deservedly so).

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  3. Um...is anyone else still trying to figure out how they even got the greenlight? They start filming in May. I misread the article at first and thought they'd start filming in 2016, and I was expecting all sorts of excuses as to why the film fell through - funding, scheduling conflicts, etc. But the film is already underway - how did they even get white people to agree to be in this????

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  4. Um...is anyone else still trying to figure out how they even got the greenlight? They start filming in May. I misread the article at first and thought they'd start filming in 2016, and I was expecting all sorts of excuses as to why the film fell through - funding, scheduling conflicts, etc. But the film is already underway - how did they even get white people to agree to be in this????

    Considering the substance of Nat Turner's deeds, I thought the very same thing. Where is the funding coming from? Will subsidy depend upon the piece being sanitized for white people’s protection?

    “…Matters of financing are, more often than not, a hurdle that many never get over. And I suspect it's even more of a challenge when the project centers on a slave rebellion, led by black people hoping to inspire further insurrection, in which several dozen whites were killed before the revolt was defeated. When was the last time a movie with that as a premise (or something like it) was greenlit, whether by a Hollywood studio, or financed independently?”

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    1. We have also never seen a movie on the Haitian Revolution. The only thing that comes close is the opening scene of "A Feast of All Saints". This movie may have had crowdfunding. I can see that as the next step in people trying to get movies made. Get the money from the public that wants to see it. Hollywood would tremble.

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    2. The only thing that comes close is the opening scene of "A Feast of All Saints". And I remember having my jaw on the floor for that one.

      But you're right...we need a full-on, no-holds-barred film about the Haitian Revolution.

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