Netflix has saved its biggest Sundance 2017 acquisition deal for last with its announcement to acquire the Dee Rees-directed Mudbound for a whopping $12.5 million! The drama stars Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Garrett Hedlund, and Jonathan Banks. The deal slightly edges over the Amazon acquisition of Michael Slowalter’s The Big Sick, making it the biggest deal of this year’s festival so far!
Based on the Hillary Jordan novel set in post-World War II South, Mudbound premiered at the festival on January 21 and has become an instant Sundance darling. The film follows two families who are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad.
Mudbound is produced by Sally Jo Effenson, Cassian Elwes, and Carl Effenson, MACRO’s Charles D. King, Kim Roth, Chris Lemole, and Tim Zajaros. The film is executive produced by Black Bear’s TEddy Schwarzman and Daniel Steinman, Kyle Tekiela, Rees, Poppy Hanks, Kyle Tekiela, DAvid Gendron, Ali Jazayeri, and Virgil Williams.
Writer/Director Rees (HBO’s Bessie) returned as a Sundance alum, in which she made her debut with the 2011 drama and breakout critical-hit Pariah. She has exceeded all previous accolades and we’re excited for this wonderful news!