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Michael Moore Tackles Economy in New Film

Posted: November 13th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Michael Moore Tackles Economy in New FilmSubmit Comment
When Paramount Vantage and Overture announced Michael Moore's long-gestating follow-up to "Fahrenheit 9/11" in May, executives stressed the film's foreign-policy scope. "This is going to tackle what's going on in the world and America's place in it," Paramount Vantage chief Nick Meyer said.

But as the political winds shifted in the months before the election -- and gusted after it -- Moore subtly began reorienting his movie. Instead of foreign policy, the film's focus now is more on the global financial crisis and the US economy.

The untitled movie will contain an end-of-the-empire tone, say those familiar with the project, and Moore no doubt hopes that this will give it a more general feel that will untether it from a specific political moment.

But some political and entertainment experts wonder how much Moore's incredulousness and occasional pessimism about the state of US policy, which served the filmmaker well during the George W. Bush years, will play in the current hopeful climate brought on President-elect Barack Obama.

"If Moore offers a prescription for how to improve things, he may indeed find an audience that at this moment is eager for change," said Craig Minassian, an entertainment consultant and former Bill Clinton aide. "But it's going to be hard for him. What this election shows is what's right with America, and sometimes what Michael Moore does is highlight what's wrong with America."

In the meantime, a focus on the collapsing markets brings its own risk, Minassian said. "The problem with the financial crisis is that it's changing so quickly. I'm not sure how relevant it is going to be in six months, and I'm not sure if people want to hear it; my sense is they already have a pretty good idea of a lot of the people who are to blame for it."

Indeed, the Weinstein Co. passed on the movie in part because they wondered if a Democratic election would remove some of the factors that put Moore in vogue both in America and abroad during the Bush years -- and pushed his three theatrical movies during that time to more than $300 million in worldwide box office.

Still, Moore is feverishly shooting, and the movie is expected to come out as early as this spring, with Vantage and Overture hoping to capitalize on the current high levels of political awareness.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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The Man writes:
on November 13th, 2008 at 12:29:48 PM

Great...another fictional movie by Moore made to re-write history and fact inorder to support his liberal agenda. let me guess it was "BUSH!"
OheRRo29 writes:
on November 13th, 2008 at 1:51:04 PM

when i see this guy all i do is laugh from when "team america" sh*t on him lol i didnt even read the article who cares?
usoldmydeadbrdtoablindkid writes:
on November 13th, 2008 at 3:21:41 PM

haha the only good thing that this guy ever did was be a fat little puppet in team america... this dude hates everything... and who cares about the article anyway..
i3u7n5 writes:
on November 14th, 2008 at 12:33:44 AM

On Jan 20th Bush is out of office and he'll be taking Moore's career with him. $20 says this slob is going to end directing infomercials for QVC. Careful what you wish for fatty.

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