Originally Michael Moore was going to produce a sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11, however due to the nature of the current banking collapse he has decided to alter his plans. His next film documentary will cover the financial crisis and the U.S. economy.
According to inside sources, the untitled movie will have an, “end of the empire” tone. Moore no doubt hopes that this will give it a more general feel that will untether it from a specific political moment. However some political and entertainment experts wonder how much more of Moore’s incredulousness and the occasional pessimism about the state of U.S. policy, (which served him well during the Bush years) will play in the current hopeful climate brought on by Obama. Indeed, the Weinstein Co. passed on the movie in part because they wondered if the election of a democratic president would remove the tension that the bush administration provided in Moores past films.
The film will be produced by (Paramount-Vantage and Overture), who also did not comment on the new direction of the film. Still, Moore is feverishly shooting, and the movie is expected to come out as early as next spring with Vantage and Overture hoping to capitalize on the current high levels of political awareness.
Moore has also said that in some ways he sees the movie less as a sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11 and more of a bookend to Roger & Me, the directors breakthrough film nearly 20 years ago. That movie featured the U.S. economy and the auto industry at its center.
To all the critics that say this film won’t have an audience, (you are clearly living in a dreamworld), I have to wonder how deep Moore will go with this topic.