Michael Moore Making Fahrenheit 9/11 Sequel!
by Alex Billington
May 13, 2008
He's not done with George W. Bush yet! Michael Moore announced today in Cannes that he is making "a searing and provocative follow-up" to his 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. Released just before the 2004 election, Fahrenheit 9/11 went on to make $119 million at the box office and shake things up enough to give Bush a run for his money in the election. Moore has partnered with Paramount Vantage and Overture Films, who will co-finance and distribute the documentary. While Morgan Spurlock's Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? turned out to be an Osama-less flop, it sounds like Moore's follow-up promises to show us how bad it has gotten since Bush was reelected in 2004.
Moore is keeping the exact details of the project under wraps, although it's bound to get out soon enough, but that won't stop his from partners heaping immense amounts praise on Moore. "His fearless filmmaking has become an important catalyst for challenging mainstream thoughts and values regarding the important critical issues facing this country and the world," remarked Overture Films' Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett. Paramount Vantage's Nick Meyer followed up with, "Michael is one of the most inspiring, innovative and thought-provoking filmmakers of our generation. With his unquestionable mark on our culture and politics, Moore is renowned and iconic within the international marketplace and we could not be more enthusiastic about this partnership."
Like him or not, Michael Moore's films definitely don't go unnoticed. Even SiCKO from last summer was pretty damn good. Not everyone may agree with his filmmaking techniques, but at least he presents factual information. I'm sure just mentioning that this project is in development will strike up a heated discussion, but that's what Moore is best at. I don't think anyone could necessarily argue that this sequel is not necessary, because documentaries can always be made at any time, but instead they could argue that Moore should present the facts correctly instead of skewing reality. I personally was a big fan of Fahrenheit 9/11, so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what Moore will show us in this follow-up.