01/07/2014 10:32 am ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

OWN Acquires Television Rights To 'Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom'

The Weinstein Co.

Despite its nationwide release to theaters on Dec. 25, The Weinstein Co. has already set their sights on premiering “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” on television.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the OWN network has acquired the network television rights to premiere the late-former-South African president’s biopic in 2017.

"We couldn't be more honored to showcase this powerful film to the OWN viewers," said OWN president, Erik Logan. "Nelson Mandela was Oprah's hero, and ultimately, the inspiration behind Oprah's school in South Africa. His story of forgiveness and redemption is a gift not only to the people he touched, but to the world."

"We're delighted that this film has landed a television home at Oprah Winfrey's OWN network,” added Weinstein co-chairman, Harvey Weinstein. “Partnering with them ensures the picture will continue to honor the memory of Nelson Mandela for years to come."

Since Mandela’s death on Dec. 5, Winfrey’s network has paid homage to the charismatic leader with the airing of various specials in addition to the media maven sharing her fond memories.

"One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him,” Winfrey said in a statement. “He was everything you've ever heard and more -- humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time.”

“He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all."



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