The Washington Post

CANNES, France — With his follow-up to “Fahrenheit 9/11,” Michael Moore wants to examine America as an empire, study its standing since the Sept. 11 attacks and present revelations to surprise audiences as much as the first film did.

But he doesn’t want to make a sequel.

“To just say it’s a sequel is so wrong,” Moore told The Associated Press on Friday at the Cannes Film Festival, where he met with potential international distributors for the film, due out in 2009.

The documentary announced this week at Cannes will be a broader chronicle than “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which took President Bush to task over the terrorist attacks and the Iraq war.

“It would be easier and safer to make a sequel, if that’s all it was, but this isn’t about Bush. We all know this. Regardless of who the president is come November, we have a big mess, a big, big mess to be cleaned up, and I don’t know whether it can be cleaned up,” Moore said. “The toxicity of the spill may be so great that there’s nothing we can do about it. If that’s the case, where are we now as America and as Americans?”

“Fahrenheit 9/11″ won the top prize at Cannes in 2004 and went on to top $100 million at the domestic box office, the only documentary to hit that mark.

Moore plans to keep details of the film to himself, saying he regretted talking too early about his health-care documentary “Sicko.” Health insurers were able to mobilize against him, which “made it impossible for me to get in anywhere” for interviews, he said.

The new film, which doesn’t yet have a title, is being financed by Overture Films, which is handling the U.S. release, and Paramount Vantage, which is overseeing international distribution.

Chris McGurk, chief executive officer of Overture, said the new film will be something of a culmination of Moore’s previous work, which includes the General Motors tale “Roger & Me” and the Academy Award-winning gun-control documentary “Bowling for Columbine.”

“The country has sort of been rotting from within, and the culprits are big business, big corporations, kind of the conservative government,” McGurk said. “`Bowling for Columbine,’ `Sicko,’ `Roger and Me’ all could have been episodes inside the context of this film.”

9 Responses to “Michael Moore: “Fahrenheit 9/11″ Follow-up Film is Not a Sequel”
  1. Eddie B.No Gravatar says:

    Should be interesting listening to Alex Jones on this announcement….

  2. joNo Gravatar says:

    and the dumbasses will be the first to discredit it as just more conspiracy madness and those who are aware will feel vindicated and the crap will continue without missing a beat. so sad!

  3. SandmanNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie, speaking of A.J. He is screening a new movie today and tomorrow & will be downtown speaking & meeting fans. The movie will go on sale in a month or so. I am wondering if he will be at the Ron Paul booksigning on Monday, Infowarriors raised millions for the R.P. campaign and they will be there in force. CD’s of various political and conspiracy commentary float freely, Brooks Aztlan movie needs to be in the circulation. Have you seen this movie yet?

  4. AngelNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Sandman-

    Watchdog’s “The Nation of Aztlan” needs some press.

  5. Educated American says:

    I’m really interested to see how Moore will handle some of the deeper 9/11 information and issues. He sort of got blasted by the early 9/11 Truth movement because Fahrenheit 9/11 didn’t go far enough. I’ve always maintained that we need muckrakers like Moore. Anybody shining a light on government/corporate corruption - no matter how “surface-level” - is better than nothing at all. Besides, few if any of the media figures we rely on for this kind of work will be right on everything all the time. Example: Amy Goodman on illegal immigration? WRONG bordering on treason. Amy Goodman on the useless Iraq War? Spot on. Yeah, Michael Moore is not my favorite thing to look at, and his ironic humor is played out, but at least he has a national voice.

    But Alex Jones is way better, of course. Can you imagine if anything ever happened to him or his family? It would be instant revolution.

  6. Eddie B.No Gravatar says:

    Still one of the best Sandman fer sure.

  7. K2No Gravatar says:

    “the culprits are big business, big corporations, kind of the conservative government…? (M.Moore)

    Moore’s narcissistic megalomaniac tendencies rival that of his fave target Bush. He actually aspires to the Democratic leadership, and White house. Moore is not “better than nothing”. He is the worst kind of influence in the media, regarding any topic. Moore is an unrepentent Stalinst propagandist. Moore has never held a job. He is on the books as having managed ONE shift at the auto factory, before quitting. This fat privileged communist produces the Gospel According To Mikey, nothing more.

    From his life in upper middle class Davison (not Flint Michigan) through his scams against workers and writers, law suits to raise seed money… his TV shows and movies (they are not documentaries, not “mockumentaries”, they are political fiction)… a thorough study reveals that he is one of the most destructive forces in the media today.

    His films are not comedies. It is not just that his movies “don’t go deep enough”. They are all, but most particularly Roger&Me, Bowling, and F9/11, actually outright lies and manipulated half-truth, dishonestly edited to appear as “documentary investigation”. They are Op-Eds based on a Socialist paradigm. Moore is a massive Democrat shill, but will turn on them when his ego demands.

    The next movie will most likely focus on the Iraq War, and will be an Election Campaign piece for Obama, and a free pass for the Democrat Congress. It will blame everything on Bush, “big Oil” and push a variety of Socialist causes. Expect Moore to miss the complicity of all Democrats, the fact that the US has plenty of it’s own Oil reserves that both Parties block, the PNAC, AIPAC and many other factors. Moore throws in the odd factoid, or piece that actually is correct, as a sop, to throw off critics. But 90% of his movies are not just misleading, but are bulls***, and pure Gramscian dogma.

    It will be all, as he hints, “big corporations, Bush, conservatives”. The message will be- Big State Socialism is the answer. Even better, a UN 1-world authority to save us all from the “racist, nationalist Capitalist pigs”. He should not be given a free pass, for “at least shedding SOME light” on corporate corruption etc. He knows exactly what he is doing, and how to manipulate impressionable youth in the US, and overseas. A very dangerous, arrogant, pseudo-Liberal, that is in reality, a well financed Stalinist.

  8. K2No Gravatar says:

    If Moore was to examine, in detail, something like Halliburton, KBR and the budgetary black hole of the Iraq Campaign as a “follow up” to F9/11, he might actually contribute something worthwhile. But Moore is beyond objectivity now. It is a certainty that he won’t keep the focus tight. It will be a wild scattershot of denouncement and dogma, covering a whole range of vaguely connected subjects, to obtain an emotional response, nothing more. The “revelations” will be wild conjecture and assumptions. A fluff piece for the Obama campaign.

  9. litew8No Gravatar says:

    Heck ya K2! I see that slob as a subservient of the Marxist Democrat agenda. Pushing for the merging of the south with the U.S. by making comparisons of how swell their (southern communist countries) health care system is in comparison to ours. Truth be told, ours isn’t in the best shape, but far better than anything a socialistic/communistic country’s system any day of the week when dissected! The guy is a fraud.

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