Michael Moore’s opting to spoof romantic conventions in titling his upcoming documentary “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which addresses the causes of the global economic meltdown.
“It will be the perfect date movie,” Moore said in an announcement Wednesday. “It’s got it all — lust, passion, romance and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day. It’s a forbidden love, one that dare not speak its name. Heck, let’s just say it: It’s capitalism.”
Moore and Overture Films had announced previously that the film would be released domestically on Oct. 2 — a year and a day after the U.S. Senate voted to approve a $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. Paramount Vantage will handle international distribution.
The film is described as focusing on “the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of the world.”
Pic 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.”
Overture and Par 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 delivered “Fahrenheit 9/11.” As the project took shape, Moore decided to focus on the financial crisis and issued an appeal in February for people working on Wall Street or in the financial industry to come forward and share what they knew.
“Be a hero and help me expose the biggest swindle in American history,” Moore said at the time.
Overture CEO Chris McGurk and chief operating officer Danny Rosett
previously worked with Moore on the release of “Bowling for Columbine” at MGM/United Artists.