Needless to say, when Donald Trump “won” the Presidency of the USA, the world was shocked. And his tenure in the White House has so far been contentious and controversial, to put it mildly. Which makes him a highly compelling subject for a satire film. Michael Moore has done the next best thing: a documentary feature film, in his distinctively entertaining, thought-provoking, and obviously skewed but well-meaning way.
The Weinstein Company today announced that they’ve secured the worldwide rights to Michael Moore’s explosive new Donald Trump documentary, “Fahrenheit 11/9”. The title is a play on one of his previous films, “Fahrenheit 9/11”, which took a searing look into the events surrounding the infamous terror attacks on the Twin Towers in New York. The “11/9” in the title refers to the day Trump was declared President: November 9th, 2016.
Here’s the full press release on the new film:
“In June of 2016, Michael Moore famously and publicly predicted that Trump would indeed win the White House in November by winning the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Trump won the presidency by just 77,000 combined votes from those three states.
Fahrenheit 11/9 will be presented with the mix of outrage and mischievous humor that has made Moore the most successful documentary filmmaker in the world. To make the Trump documentary, Moore has reunited with his acclaimed team from Fahrenheit 9/11 — Oscar-nominated documentary directors/producers Meghan O’Hara, Tia Lessin and Carl Deal.
Filming on Moore’s new Trump documentary has been done under a strict cloak of secrecy. “No matter what you throw at him, it hasn’t worked,” says Moore. “No matter what is revealed, he remains standing. Facts, reality, brains cannot defeat him. Even when he commits a self-inflicted wound, he gets up the next morning and keeps going and tweeting… That all ends with this movie.”
“There is no greater part of what we can do right now than to have the power to bring Michael Moore to a mass audience,” say the Weinsteins in a joint statement. “When we had the opportunity to work with him on Fahrenheit 9/11, we were so persistent that we ultimately had to part ways from Disney and we lost our beloved Miramax, named after our parents, because we believed so strongly in the message. The movie broke all records then, and we plan to do so again. This movie will have one of the most innovative distribution plans ever. Now more than ever, Michael’s appetite for the truth is crucial. We are ecstatic to be a part of this revolution.”
The Weinstein brothers previously released Moore’s record breaking documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 (the largest grossing documentary of all time, grossing over 200 million dollars worldwide, a record that still holds today) in 2004. The film’s release helped reduce President Bush’s margin of victory to just one state, Ohio, with just 119,000 votes — the smallest margin of victory for a sitting president in more than 150 years. Fahrenheit 9/11’s subsequent release on home video and television the following year set the stage for the American public’s removal of the Republicans from both houses of Congress in 2006.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein, under their parent label Disney which owned Miramax, were unable to distribute the film and so set forth an independent label for distribution. The Fellowship Adventure Group, together with Lionsgate, distributed Fahrenheit 9/11 and successfully created a campaign that quintupled the previous box office record for a documentary (notably held, at that time, by Moore’s own Bowling for Columbine).
Now, some 13 years later, the nation finds itself in an even greater crisis, and once again with another president who won the White House by losing the popular vote. This new Donald Trump documentary aims to be every bit as explosive and will present a storyline unlike any that is currently being told.
David Glasser, COO of TWC, will be exploring all possibilities for both International and Domestic distribution this week in Cannes, where Moore’s documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 won the Palme D’or in 2004 (to this day, it is still the largest-grossing Palme D’or winner in the 70-year history of the Cannes Film Festival).”