We just heard from our sources that it is being reported studio Lionsgate has acquired Sundance Film Festival winner Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire. We hear that Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry will team up to help promote the film through their respective film companies, Harpo Films and 34th Street Films.
As we previously reported, the film titled Push, directed by Lee Daniels (of Monster’s Ball fame) from an adapted script by Damien Paul, became only the third film in Sundance history to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Awards in the U.S. Dramatic Competition last month.
The film stars comedian Mo’Nique, newcomer Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz.
Push revolves around an overweight, illiterate African-American teen in Harlem who is about to give birth to her second child when she is accepted into an alternative school.