Nate is going to regret not taking Oprah’s advice.
Nate visited plenty of media outlets to address the rape situation (2012) and maintain his innocence in the scandal haunts Nate til this day.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey and her friend, CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King, saw the film in January this year — and loved it. Winfrey was apparently open to helping Parker when the scandal broke in August.
Sources told THR that Winfrey advised Parker to tackle the issue in an interview with King on CBS, a suggestion he ignored. “He was angry that what he saw as a consensual, youthful sexual experimentation gone awry had become an issue years later despite his acquittal,” THR writes, “and that it was happening just when his Nat Turner passion project was not only finished but positioned as a major Oscar contender.”
Early box office predictions for ‘Birth of a Nation’ will update the numbers on Sunday.
Birth of a Nation, Parker’s directorial debut, is fighting to hit $10 million in its debut after transforming into the darling of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where a fierce bidding war resulted in a record $17.5 million sale to Fox Searchlight. Early returns suggest the movie will open anywhere between $8 million and $10.5 million.