Netflix Makes Biggest Acquisition Deal To Date $50M+ For Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial Of The Chicago 7’
Paramount was previously the domestic distributor and the film was due for theatrical release in a host of international markets but the coronavirus wrecked that plan. The deal was done with producers Cross Creek.
Based on Sorkin’s screenplay, The Social Network and West Wing scribe also directed the film, which charts how what was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest — including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale — were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in American history. The hot-button story is set in the late 60s, but speaks to the divisiveness of our times and how young people can take on power.