After a lot of bidding war, Apple has bagged Will Smith’s next thriller movie Emancipation. The movie is based on the true story of a slave who escaped. The movie will star Will Smith and will be directed by Antoine Fuqua. The movie will be produced by the Apple studios. The script will be penned down by William N. Collage. The production work of the film is expected in the year 2021.
Outbidding six parties, Apple closed the deal for $105 million. This movie is one of the important projects acquired by Apple. Apple heads of Worldwide Video Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht have close ties with Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, which helped them to close the deal.
What Is Emancipation About?
Emancipation is about a slave who escaped captivity and joined the Union army fleeing through the Louisiana swamps to the North. In the year 2018, Joey McFarland began finding and researching the story and characters. The film was introduced last week at the US-led A Demain virtual Cannes market by FilmNation and CAA Media, where the project did a presentation online. Other studios taking part in the bidding war were Warner Bros, MGM, Lionsgate, and Universal.
The movie has been inspired by army photos of real slave Peter whose scars were visible after being whipped on a southern plantation. It will follow the ten harrowing days of Peter, who was trying to sustain his life in the swamp as a runaway. The army photos were probably the first viral photographs of the cruelty of Slavery that was seen by the people.
The parties were interested in taking the project because this film is covering one of the hottest topics going on in the world, not only in the U.S. Protest took place in the U.S. after the death of Gorge Floyd, and once again police brutality and racism became the burning issues.
The production work of the movie will start next year. The delay in the production work is also because of the ongoing health crisis Covid-19, which has halted the production of many big-budget movies and TV shows.