The Oprah Winfrey Network has secured TV rights to “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which had a boffo theatrical release in August via the Weinstein Company, and recently passed the $100 million mark. The film stars Forest Whitaker as longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines, and Winfrey as his wife. Both have generated Oscar buzz for their performances.
Harvey Weinstein stated of the acquisition:”OWN is the ideal broadcast home for this film, which
has had such a tremendous response from theatrical audiences. It’s been an honor to work alongside
Oprah Winfrey, whose performance and support on the picture have been second to
none, and we’re thrilled that her network has come on board.”
TOH! loved the film, calling it a “four-hankie tearjerker of the first order” in our review.