OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that it has gotten the television rights to Lee Daniels’ The Butler. The movie starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey (hmmm…) will make its debut on pay television in 2017.
The film opening on August 16 and recently surpassed $100 million at the box office, according to a press statement about the new deal. The movie was also the first of 2013 to spend three weeks atop the weekend box office. The film drew an audience from interested audiences as well as outreach from the NAACP, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and directly from The Weinstein Company, which clearly threw the weight of the company’s name behind the film.
“On the heels of the film’s fantastic debut, we couldn’t be more excited to showcase this incredible movie for our viewers,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN in that press release.
Have you seen it yet? Or are you waiting until 2017 to see it on cable?