Just Above Sunset
June 6, 2004: I take it all back -
You can find a full discussion
of Michael Moore's new film at May 23, 2004 - 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Wins Palme D'Or Award at Cannes - and that contains snippets of reviews and links to reviews, and comments on why it was facing distribution problems,
and comments from my friends Emma and Ric in France.
Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Miramax) are still tying to get Disney to agree to a price - any price. Note also Icon Productions, Mel Gibson’s company, seems earlier to have tried to buy the distribution rights from Disney - but suddenly backed out (Moore says they probably got a call from the White House). That’s when Miramax stepped in and tried. The plot thickens. And Disney is holding the film now - grinning. They won’t budge. Disney does make sure Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson get plenty of exposure on their radio outlets. But this film isn’t going anywhere near a projection booth soon.
I was wrong.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Moore's award-winning documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" has picked up a
U.S. distributor and will hit theaters June 25.
So. It’s a done deal.
The issue now is negotiating with the theater chains and other studios. The summer release schedule was locked in ten or more months ago – Harry Potter is back – Spiderman is back – Shreck is back - and The Day After Tomorrow may have legs (after all, it has a Dick Cheney look-alike as the evil Vice President who is much to blame for the end of the world as we know it and all that). Things will need to be moved around. Money will change hands.
But somewhere, just before July 4th, we will be able to see this film in some markets.
Thank, or blame, the French and that festival.
Any profits from the film's distribution that go to Miramax or Disney will be donated to charity?
Which charity? More to follow on that….
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