No More Docs for Michael Moore, He's Working on Two Features
Oh the times, they are a-changin'! The Detroit News recently interviewed filmmaker Michael Moore for the Traverse City Film Festival and got a very interesting scoop out of him. When talking about his next upcoming documentary, titled Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore revealed: "While I've been making this film I've been thinking that maybe this will be my last documentary... Or maybe for a while." Really? This is good news for haters of Michael Moore, but what is he going to do instead? "I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this."
Before we get any further, let me remind you that even though Moore got his start with documentaries directing Roger & Me in 1989, he also wrote and directed the cult comedy classic Canadian Bacon starring John Candy. So he does actually have some experience with regular features. But why end with Capitalism: A Love Story? "I thought, why don't I just go for it and go right to the source of the problem -- an economic system that is unfair, it's unjust and it's not democratic. And now we've learned it doesn't work," he says. "This issue informs all my other movies. I started thinking if I can only make one more movie -- I started thinking this of course during the Bush years -- what would that movie be? And this is the movie."
So once he finishes up Capitalism: A Love Story, which is currently due out in theaters on September 23rd, he'll probably start working on these two other projects he's got in the works. To be honest, I'm actually kind of excited to see him take a break from documentaries, not because I love Canadian Bacon, but just because it'd be good to see him work on some fictional features. I'm actually a fan of his documentaries (yea I know, whatever) but wouldn't mind seeing him stretch his legs elsewhere. As far as I know, this is the first we've heard that he's not making any more docs, and there's no more info on his two other projects. Thoughts?