Will Smith‘s ‘Emancipation‘ is faring very well as Cannes.
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Smith and Antoine Fuqua have teamed up to build a movie set to explore the life of a man born into African chattel slavery and decides to emancipate himself from its horrors.
The outbreak of COVID-19 meant that investors were unable to travel to Cannes to negotiate deals with creators so organisers launched a virtual film festival to ensure the show could go on.
Now, Smith has learned that Warner Bros, Apple, MGM, Apple and Lionsgate are among the studios bidding to bag the move rights to the story and that the war to win it now sings to the tune of $75 million.
Any company hoping to secure the project will have to top that figure (and proposed offers from rivals) to do so.
Perhaps fuelling the fervour?
The global discussion on race and anti-blackness currently taking place following the murders of several African-American civilians within the last few weeks.
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