Overture Films sets release date for Michael Moore’s latest

Posted by · 4:06 pm · May 21st, 2009

Michael MooreTotally beside the point, but the first thing I thought when this press release popped up into my inbox was how happy I am to see studios like Overture and Summit succeeding in what has too long been an industry run by the big guns.  I miss the days when an October Films could get stuff done, or an Orion.  Anyway, here’s the press release, in part:

Overture Films and Paramount Vantage have announced that Oscar-winner Michael Moore’s new documentary feature will be released domestically on October 2, 2009. The as-yet-untitled film will explore the root causes of the global economic meltdown and take a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore has described as “the biggest robbery in the history of this country” – the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions.

On this, the 20-year anniversary of his masterpiece Roger & Me, Moore returns to the issue that began his career: the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of the world. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan.

Says Moore: “The wealthy, at some point, decided they didn’t have enough wealth. They wanted more — a lot more. So they systematically set about to fleece the American people out of their hard-earned money. Now, why would they do this? That is what I seek to discover in this movie.”

Full press release after the jump. Along similar lines, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has written a scathing indictment of the banking industry (via Hollywood Elsewhere):

It can fairly be said that the chain of catastrophic bets made over the last decade by a few hundred bankers may well turn out to be the greatest nonviolent crime against humanity in history. They’ve brought the world’s economy to its knees, lost tens of millions of people their jobs and their homes, and they could drive an estimated 200 million people worldwide into dire poverty. In other words, never before has so few done so much to so many.

The full press release on Moore’s film after the jump.  Oh, and a suggested title for the film: “Mint Condition.”  Other ideas?

(Beverly Hills, CA) May 21, 2009 — Overture Films and Paramount Vantage have announced that Oscar-winner Michael Moore’s new documentary feature will be released domestically on October 2, 2009. The as-yet-untitled film will explore the root causes of the global economic meltdown and take a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore has described as “the biggest robbery in the history of this country” – the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions.

On this, the 20-year anniversary of his masterpiece Roger & Me, Moore returns to the issue that began his career: the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of the world. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan.

Says Moore: “The wealthy, at some point, decided they didn’t have enough wealth. They wanted more — a lot more. So they systematically set about to fleece the American people out of their hard-earned money. Now, why would they do this? That is what I seek to discover in this movie.”

Moore’s new documentary, his first since 2007’s widely-praised Sicko, was first announced by Overture and Paramount Vantage International in May 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival and production began shortly afterward.

Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett, Overture’s CEO and COO respectively, previously worked with Moore when they oversaw the release of Bowling for Columbine at MGM/United Artists.

“Everyone can relate to this subject matter and all have been affected,” said McGurk and Rosett. “We think there should be plenty of people interested in hearing Michael’s take on how exactly we got here and what we can do to move forward.”

John Lesher, President of Paramount Film Group, added, “Michael is a master at capturing the most timely and critical issues shaping our world today. His unique, thought-provoking method of filmmaking is sure to bring dynamic insights into the state of the global economy that will have mass appeal to audiences worldwide.”

The release date is a year and a day after the United States Senate voted to hand Wall Street a $700 billion bailout.




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  • 1 5-21-2009 at 5:09 pm

    P-Dawg said...

    Man, could you have found a more flattering picture of Michael Moore (if such a thing exists). The dude looks like Jabba the Hut with a baseball cap.

  • 2 5-21-2009 at 5:39 pm

    Zac said...

    How about The Great Taxpayer Robbery?

    I’ve enjoyed Michael Moore’s films and I don’t think this will be an exception.

  • 3 5-21-2009 at 11:11 pm

    Glenn said...

    I’d suggest “Take the Money and Run” if it weren’t already a Woody Allen movie.

  • 4 5-21-2009 at 11:42 pm

    Alex said...

    I think Jeff Wells is right in saying that we are not sufficiently outraged about this… Michael Moore won’t be exposing anything particularly revelatory in this film, but it should be a nice carthartic experience. I do think that he should avoid drawing on any ‘Roger and Me’ aspects of his oeuvre.

    For the title: Bail Outrage, Bailout Rage…or if Christian Bale is involved then Bale Outrage

  • 5 5-22-2009 at 12:31 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    I’m sure he’s making this film, previously announced as a Fahrenheit 9/11 sequel, about the banking crisis because he feels so passionate about it and not at all because it’s topical and more likely to earn cable news coverage and audience dollars.

  • 6 5-22-2009 at 7:39 am

    Glenn said...

    Gawd, some people can be real downers. Sometimes filmmakers actually want people to see their movies and want to make money. Which is why movies are marketed in ways that will get more people into cinemas and why topical movies get made.

  • 7 5-22-2009 at 12:07 pm

    head_wizard said...

    Nice and timely last I had heard was he was dealing with the Katrina disaster. But this has defently become a larger issue and Moore is a good person to tell it he has gotten stronger and stronger as a film maker I can’t wait to see this.

  • 8 5-22-2009 at 4:07 pm

    entertainmenttoday.. said...

    Im amazed at the people who throw there quick throwaway insults at Moore by calling him fat or something stupid like that. If producing a film that tells the story of millions of uninsured American”s like “Sicko” is a bad thing than I honestly don’t get it anymore. YES I know he’s biased but so what. He’s telling the story from the point of view of what he feels is right. Sicko is a very important film that should be seen by all Americans. The man has vision as the next big bubble to POP in this country is the health care issue. Take it to the bank! I look forward to this new film as the subject is very important and whether you realize it or not it has affected you or someone you know. If that’s not important I don’t know what is!

    chuck