The deal was believed to be in the low seven figures and was negotiated with Endeavor Independent chief Graham Taylor and attorney Andrew Hurwitz, who are handling worldwide rights.
Directors Amy Rice and Alicia Sams and the producers were granted exclusive access to Obama since 2006 and will continue to film through his inauguration as President in January in time for a 2009 release. The film was financed by GOOD, Green Film Company, Citi Productions and Class 5 Films.
'Senator Obama's history-making race for the White House has given our film a perfect framework to explore the pulse of the country at this vital moment in our history,' Norton, who produced with Stuart Blumberg and Bill Migliore, said.
'We believe this film will capture a tipping point in American history when a new generation of leadership emerged and old prejudices were finally vaulted over.
'We're thrilled that this film will be presented by HBO, which has long been one of the notable champions of the documentary film but, more importantly, offers us by far the best chance to share this film with the widest audience.'
'This is one of the most fascinating personal and political narratives in American history and we're thrilled to be a part of sharing it with our viewers', Richard Plepler, HBO co-president, said.