Cannes 2008: Fahrenheit 9/11 Sequel News

Moore Bush bashing.

The culture wars continue. Inflammatory documentary filmmaker Michael Moore has announced at the Cannes film festival that he is planning a sequel to Fahrenheit 9/11, his acclaimed by some, loathed by others documentary about 9/11. The film will come from Paramount Vantage and Overture Films, according to Variety, with a 2009 release date planned. "Clearly, we have a movie of global appeal here," says Vantage chief Nick Meyer. "Michael Moore is a very talented filmmaker, and this is a branded property." The film will pick up where its predecessor left off, exploring the continuing war in Iraq, the faltering economy, and the lumps that President Bush has taken since 2001. "It's a vote of confidence on Michael's part, and a great partnership for all of us," says Overture's Danny Rosett. "There is a voracious appetite for this kind of commentary." The move to Paramount and Overture also means that Moore has left the Weinstein Co., where he made the original Fahrenheit and Sicko. The filmmaker, who is said to already be at work on the sequel, has scored with three of the top five grossing documentaries of all time, including the first Fahrenheit which is the highest grossing doc ever made domestically.

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