Oprah Winfrey Network Acquires New ‘Mandela’ Movie

by | December 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM | Black Entertainment, General, Oprah Winfrey, OWN

This image released by The Weinstein Company shows Idris Elba, as Nelson Mandela, left, and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela in a scene from "Mandela: Long walk to Freedom. (Photo: AP/The Weinstein Company, Keith Bernstein)

It seems Oprah Winfrey wastes no time.

Her network, OWN, recently acquired the network television rights to “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” from The Weinstein Company. The critically-acclaimed film, starring Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomi Harris as Winnie Mandela, is based on the 1995 book “Long Walk to Freedom.” The movie released in select U.S. cities on Nov. 28. OWN has licensed the first broadcast window behind pay television beginning in 2017, according to an OWN press release.

Mandela died at age 95 earlier this month. Winfrey, who had a friendly relationship with Mandela, was among the notable individuals who attended the former South African president’s funeral.

Idris Elba on “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

“We couldn’t be more honored to showcase this powerful film to the OWN viewers,” OWN president Erik Logan said in a press release. “Nelson Mandela was Oprah’s hero, and ultimately, the inspiration behind Oprah’s school in South Africa. His story of forgiveness and redemption is a gift not only to the people he touched, but to the world.”

TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein added, “We’re delighted that this film has landed a television home at Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. Partnering with them ensures the picture will continue to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela for years to come.”

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