After "invading" the festival circuit this fall, Michael Moore's latest documentary Where to Invade Next is getting ready to hit theaters later this month. Following the first trailer released back in September, Yahoo! Movies has debuted the second trailer, which shows Michael Moore travelling all over the world to take other country's great ideas, and bring them back home to America. After debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary has been set for limited release on December 23 in New York and Los Angeles, before a nationwide expansion on January 15.
Where to Invade Next is an expansive, rib-tickling, and subversive comedy in which Michael Moore, playing the role of "invader," visits a host of nations to learn how the U.S. could improve its own prospects. The creator of Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine is back with this hilarious and eye-opening call to arms. Turns out the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already exist in the world-they're just waiting to be co-opted.
The documentary was acquired by a brand new distribution company named IMG Films, which is lead by former RADiUS-TWC partners Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, and Drafthouse Films' Tim League. The film will go up against 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, The 5th Wave, Norm of the North and Ride Along 2 when it expands nationwide next month. The film marks Michael Moore's first in six years, since 2009's Capitalism: A Love Story.
Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has the distinction of being the highest grossing documentary of all time ($119 million), and the only documentary ever to gross more than $100 million at the domestic box office. We'll have to wait and see if the director's fans will flock to this movie like they did for Fahrenheit 9/11, but that all depends on how wide a release it will get. Fahrenheit 9/11 was released in over 2,000 theaters when it debuted in 2004, but we don't know quite yet how wide a rollout Where to Invade Next will get.
The documentary has already been getting rave reviews during its festival circuit run, but we'll have to wait and see how the moviegoing public will respond to this film. Do you think this documentary could be another Michael Moore blockbuster when it rolls out nationwide in mid-January? Stay tuned for more on Where to Invade Next as we get closer and closer to its release.