Todd Douglas Miller's documentary "Dinosaur 13" premiered last night at Sundance, and today CNN Films and Lionsgate announced that they've acquired the North American rights to the film for a 2014 theatrical release and broadcast premiere later in the year on the news channel.
"Dinosaur 13" follows the odyssey of paleontologist Peter Larson of South Dakota's Black Hills Institute of Geological Research after his history-making find of a nearly intact 65 million year-old fossilized skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex they name "Sue." Larson and his team became involved in a battle for the rights to their discovery involving competing paleontologists, Native American tribal nations and museums.
"As CNN Films passes the milestone of its first year, returning to Sundance underscores the strength of our commitment to bringing high quality documentary features to our platforms," said CNN's Jeff Zucker. "Our acquisition of 'Dinosaur 13' is a great way for us to kick off the Festival this year, and we think our audience is going to love learning the incredible story of Sue."
"It's a great honor to be partnered with CNN Films and Lionsgate," said Todd Miller. "Dinosaur Sue now has another incredible home!"
The acquisition deal was negotiated by Lionsgate's Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan, Marc Danon and Wendy Jaffe and CNN’s Vinnie Malhotra and Stacey Wolf with Submarine's Josh Braun and colleagues David Koh and Dan Braun.