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Lionsgate and CNN Films Acquire Rights to Dinosaur 13

Source: Lionsgate, CNN
January 17, 2014



Lionsgate and CNN Films have acquired North American rights to the documentary Dinosaur 13 at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film will be released theatrically with a North American broadcast premiere on CNN/U.S. Dinosaur 13 is directed and produced by Todd Miller.

On August 12, 1990, in the badlands of South Dakota, paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from the Black Hills Institute unearthed the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. It was the find of a lifetime—the world’s greatest dinosaur discovery. They named their dinosaur Sue. Two years later, when the FBI and the National Guard showed up, battle lines were drawn over ownership of Sue. The U.S. government, world-class museums, Native American tribal nations, and competing paleontologists became the Goliath to Larson’s David as he and his team fought to keep their dinosaur and wrestled with intimidation tactics that threatened their freedom as well.

Dinosaur 13 chronicles an unprecedented saga in American history and details the fierce battle to possess a 65-million-year-old treasure. With consummate skill, filmmaker Todd Miller excavates layer after layer, exposing human emotion in a dramatic tale that is as complex as it is fascinating.

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