Never one to shy away from stirring up people’s emotions, Michael Moore is planning a sequel to his biggest and most controversial documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
Paramount Vantage and Overture Films have announced today that they are going to co-finance and co-distribute the as-yet-untitled film. This marks a change for Moore, whose last two films were produced with the Weinstein Company.
Anyone who is even vaguely aware of Moore’s political leanings can probably guess what direction the film will take. But with the film not going to debut until sometime next year, long after President Bush has handed over the Oval Office to whomever wins this November’s election, will people still be interested?
Vantage’s head honcho Nick Meyer, seems to think so, being quoted in today’s Variety as saying, “Clearly, we have a movie of global appeal here. Michael Moore is a very talented filmmaker, and this is a branded property.”
Moore has directed three of the five top grossing documentaries of all time, so it is safe to say that he definitely carries a certain amount of cache, and baggage, when it comes to getting butts into theater seats. But part of me sort of stiffens at the idea of a “branded property.” It sounds as if it is being reduced down to the level of a franchise film like the Batman or James Bond series. (And yes, I’m not forgetting Michael Apted’s Up series of documentaries, but that’s something completely different.)
Look for Moore’s film to debut sometime next spring or summer. Look for the Right Wing’s repudiation of it to start long before any public screenings of it are ever held.