Michael Moore is set to make a follow up film to his 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
Paramount Vantage and Overture Films have announced that they will team to co-finance and distribute Michael Moore’s next film, an as-yet-untitled follow-up to “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Vantage will handle international distribution in all media and Overture will handle domestic distribution in all media.
It will get an official launch at the international marketplace this week in Cannes.
Moore released a statement that said:
It’s great to be working again with [Overture CEO] Chris McGurk and [Paramount Film Group President] John Lesher.
Both of them have been exceptional to work with in the past and I look forward to their assistance in this new project.
John Lesher used to be Moore’s agent when he was at Endeavor back when Fahrenheit 9/11 was released in 2004.
Chris McGurk was at MGM when they released Bowling For Columbine in 2002.
Paramount Vantage and Overture made an international distribution deal at Cannes last year which allows Overture to tap in to Vantage’s international sales division as well as the international distribution of Paramount Pictures.
Variety report why it won’t be released by The Weinstein Company:
Fahrenheit is the highest grossing docu ever domestically, earning $119.1 million. It grossed another $100 million at the international box office.
Moore’s decision not to make his next film with the Weinstein Co. comes after “Sicko” failed to ignite the box office.
Film, which took on the U.S. health care system, grossed $24.5 million domestically and $11.2 million internationally. Topically, the film didn’t resonate with overseas auds.
The new Moore film should be released sometime in 2009.
UPDATE 17/05/08: Anne Thompson of Variety speaks here with Moore about the film:
> IndieWire report in full
> Michael Moore at the IMDb