Disney used to own the distribution rights to the hit indie film Sound of Freedom

Sound of Freedom has been the buzz movie of the summer. This independent film that tackles the serious subject of child-trafficking has done amazingly well at the box office. The film was released at the same time as Disney’s Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destinyand it outperformed the heavily funded Disney film.

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Sound of Freedom is a true story film that exposes the darkness of child trafficking. After rescuing a young boy from ruthless child traffickers, a federal agent (Caviezel) learns the boy’s sister is still captive and decides to embark on a dangerous mission to save her. With time running out, he quits his job and journeys deep into the Colombian jungle, putting his life on the line to free her from a fate worse than death. It’s a heavy subject and one that took a long time to get on film as many studios and the film industry didn’t want to touch it.

while Sound of Freedom took it to Indy at the box office, the relationship between this seems out of nowhere movie and Disney is closer than you think. The film, starring Jim Caviezel, was in development in 2015 under 20th Century Fox. Back in 2017, Disney made its move to purchase 21st Century Fox, which includes 20th Century Fox Studios, and in doing so, purchased the rights to Sound of Freedom.

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Jim Caviezel, stars in Sound of Freedom

The film was completed in 2018, but Disney saved it. There have been no reasons given as to why it was shelved, but most agree that the subject of the film was most of the reason. Sound of Freedom producer Eduardo Verastegui then hooked up with Angel Studios, who ended up getting the distribution rights to the film. Verastegui has said he had gone to Netflix and Amazon, but no one wanted to touch the film, afraid they would lose money on it.

Now, the film, which cost $14.5 million to make, has made more than $40 million at the box office, and is still climbing. That’s a bit of a kick to Mickey and friends, knowing they could have made that and more if they held on to those distribution rights.

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