The start date for “Where to Invade Next,” which will open on about 300 screens, was moved so that Moore could stage a six-week bus tour to promote the film, starting Jan. 4. As part of the tour, Moore is planning to stage a premiere in every state.
The documentary will still keep its Oscar-qualifying run for a week in locations New York and Los Angeles starting on Dec. 23. The film has been shortlisted by the Academy’s documentary branch as one of 15 finalists for the five nominations that will be announced on Jan. 14.
“Where to Invade Next” covers a range of topics, from the benefits of female leadership to prison reform, and is timed to coincide with next year’s presidential election. The film’s opening date of Feb. 12 is three days after the nation’s first primary in New Hampshire.
The doc compares European countries’ approaches to healthcare, gun control and education with the way the U.S. tackles those issues. The film debuted in September at the Toronto Film Festival, had its American premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 2 and won the audience award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
“Where to Invade Next” is being released via an untitled new company formed in late September by former Radius founders and co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, who are teaming with Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League.
Moore produced the film with documentarians Carl Deal and Tia Lessin. He won an Oscar for 2002’s “Bowling for Columbine” and his Bush administration takedown “Fahrenheit 9/11” remains the highest-grossing documentary in history, having hauled in $119.2 million.
The news about the release date was first reported by Deadline.