Lee Daniels' Push Makes Sweet Post-Sundance Deal

February 3, 2009
Out director Lee Daniels saw his film Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire make Sundance history last month when it became only the third fest film to win both the grand jury prize and the audience award. Now Lionsgate has acquired the movie in a multi-million dollar pact, the biggest to come out of this year's Sundance. According to Daily Variety, Lionsgate reportedly paid north of $5 million for the film, based on the 1996 book about a Harlem teenager, and will release the film this year. The deal was sweetened by the fact that both Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry have signed on to throw their marketing muscle behind the film's release through their respective companies, Harpo Films and 34th Street Films.