Apple TV + has won the bidding war for the planned slave thriller “Emancipation”. The streaming service has hit major studios like Warner Bros. and Universal, the US industry newspapers “Hollywood Reporter” and “Variety” reported on Wednesday.
For global rights, the price is said to have climbed to over $ 100 million. Hollywood star Will Smith (51, “Men in Black”, “Ali”) will play a slave on the run directed by Antoine Fuqua (“Equalizer”). Filming is scheduled to begin in early 2021.
“Emancipation” is based on a true story from 1863. A badly abused slave succeeds in escaping from a plantation in the north of the United States in the US state of Louisiana. Photos published at the time of his back, which was completely scarred after being flogged, made his fate known. Fuqua had said in an interview that he did not want to represent the slave as a victim but as a fighter.
The iPhone giant Apple is adding another prestigious film to its new streaming service. Apple TV + also wants to produce the expensive Scorsese thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon” with the stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. In May, the streaming service bought the war drama “Greyhound” from Oscar winner Tom Hanks from Sony Studio, which is now celebrating its premiere on July 10th at Apple.