Filmmaker's take on economy set for Oct. 2

Michael Moore’s still-untitled documentary tackling the causes of the global economic meltdown has been slotted for an Oct. 2 release date.

Overture Films and Paramount Vantage, the co-financers and distributors, made the announcement Thursday, noting that the release date is a year and a day after the U.S. Senate voted to approve a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street.

The film is described as “a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans” that culminated in what Moore has described as “the biggest robbery in the history of this country.”

Film is Moore’s first since “Sicko” in 2007. He’s made three of the top six highest grossing documentaries — “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “Sicko” and “Bowling for Columbine.”

“The wealthy, at some point, decided they didn’t have enough wealth,” Moore said in a statement Thursday. “They wanted more — a lot more. So they systematically set about to fleece the American people out of their hard-earned money. Now, why would they do this? That is what I seek to discover in this movie.”

Overture and Paramount announced the project a year ago, during the Cannes Film Festival, but were vague as to the project’s theme beyond noting that it was coming from the same filmmaker who had delievered “Fahrenheit 9/11.” As the project took shape, Moore decided to focus on the financial crisis.

On Feb. 11, the director posted an open letter on his website seeking “a few brave people who work on Wall Street or in the financial industry to come forward and share with me what they know … be a hero and help me expose the biggest swindle in American history.”

Overture’s CEO Chris McGurk and chief operating officer Danny Rosett previously worked with Moore on the release of “Bowling for Columbine” at MGM/United Artists.

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