Documentary director Michael Moore returns with the first trailer for his latest film, Where to Invade Next. The film just had its world premiere last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. After examining gun control in Bowling for Columbine, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in Fahrenheit 9/11 and corporate greed in Capitalism: A Love Story, the filmmaker tackles America's proclivity for invading other countries, by doing it himself.
Oscar-winning director Michael Moore returns with what may be his most provocative and hilarious movie yet. Moore tells the Pentagon to "stand down"- he will do the invading for America from now on. Discretely shot in several countries and under the radar of the global media, Moore has made a searing cinematic work that is both up-to-the-minute and timeless. After announcing the film will debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival back in July, the filmmaker held his first ever Periscope Q&A session, where he made the following statement about his film.
"The issue of the United States in infinite war is something that has concerned me for quite some time, and provides the necessary satire for this film. Now the secret is out: I have a new movie. We've been very diligent about keeping this under cover. I don't think there's any one trigger. We've all been living in this time, certainly post-9/11, and everything that's going on in this country, in this constant need to always have an enemy - where's our next enemy? - so we can keep this whole military industrial complex alive, and keep the companies that make a lot of money in business. So I've always been a little bothered by that, and so that's where the comedy comes from."
Variety reports that, after its world premiere in Toronto, several buyers have been interested in acquiring the film. These prospective buyers include major studios, independent companies like Lionsgate, The Orchard and IFC Films and the streaming service Netflix. The site reports that a deal isn't expected to close until Friday night at the earliest, but it could be even longer.
Michael Moore is one of the few documentary filmmakers whose movies pull in big numbers at the box office. His 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11 is still the highest-grossing documentary of all time, earning $119.2 million at the box office. The director has hinted that the film could hit theaters by the end of this year, to qualify for the Oscars, but we don't know for sure. While we wait to learn which studio will distribute Where to Invade Next, check out the first trailer below.