Netflix Acquires Dee Rees’ ‘Mudbound’ at Sundance
Black cinema and creativity is on a beautiful glowing streak.
Sunday night was filled with inspiration and celebration as we watched admirable entertainers such as Denzel Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monaé, Octavia Spencer and Mahershali Ali be honored and awarded for the gifts they bring to the big screen during the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Ali gave a poignant acceptance speech after receiving the awards for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role for Moonlight and outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for Hidden Figures.
The road to telling our stories and those of the human experience is seeing another amazing win.
Netflix purchased Dee Rees’ Mudbound, one of the most talked about films that screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film was bought for $12.5 million, making it the largest acquisition at the festival this year.
Based on Hillary Jordan’s 2009 book of the same name, Mudbound is set in the post-World War II rural Mississippi and tells the story of two families fighting against the social hierarchy of 1940s American south.
Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton) stars as Ronsel opposite of Garrett Hedlund who plays Jamie. When Jamie and Ronsel return from war to continue life on a farm, their friendship is met with challenges and the strained relationships between their two families. Mary J. Blige also appears in the film.
Rees directed the project and also shares a writing credit with Chicago screenwriter, Virgil Williams.
Other works by Rees include the critically-acclaimed Pariah (2011) and Bessie (2015).
Congrats to Dee and Virgil!