Bob and Harvey Weinstein have bought the worldwide distribution rights to Michael Moore’s new documentary, Fahrenheit 11/9. The film, which Moore has been working on in secret up until today’s announcement, will be about Donald Trump’s victory in last fall’s presidential election against Hillary Clinton.
The film’s title is a reference to the day after Trump’s surprise historic election victory in which he won the Electoral College while still losing the popular vote by over three million votes. It is also a play on the title of Moore’s 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which looked at the culture of the country following the attacks on September 11, 2001. It was also the last film of Moore’s that the Weinsteins distributed. That film would go on to become the top grossing documentary of all time with a worldwide box office gross of just over $222 million.
The Weinsteins will be distributing the film through their Weinstein Company production and distribution shingle and will begin shopping it at the Cannes Film festival later this week. The Weinsteins will be using their own indie label, the Fellowship Adventure Group, to release Fahrenheit 11/9. No release date has been set.
Often a polarizing figure with his politically-tinged documentaries, Moore was a lone voice on the left who foresaw the possibility of a Trump victory when all others were confident of a victory for Clinton. This insight alone marks the film as something that could be approaching the subject from an angle not currently being discussed.