May 17, 2004

The Four One One On '9/11'

There's been quite the buzz around the release/unrelease of Michael Moore's newest documentary, Fahrenheit 911, one of the official selections at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times reports today about the growing controversy over whether parent company Disney will allow Miramax to distribute the potentially polarizing film.

Cinecultist's initial reaction to all this was that the idea that any distribution company wouldn't want to cash in on the follow up to such a highly grossing docu as Bowling For Columbine had to be great PR from a persecution-happy Moore. But the Times article rather implies that Disney never intended to allow Miramax to distribute the film, and its only just recently that Harvey & Co. realized that da Mouse intended to stand firm on the decision. While CC still thinks someone will end up funding this picture so it can hit US screens, because certainly it will make money not just from the curiosity ticket buying alone, we're not entirely sure it will be Miramax. Has Mike gone too far this time with his vocal politics? Are the Iraq scandals tailor making an eagerly anticipating anti-Bushie audience for this movie? We'll keep you posted as all this develops.

Posted by karen at May 17, 2004 11:18 PM