Overture & Paramount Vantage to release Michael Moore’s film

MUMBAI: Overture Films and Paramount Vantage will be releasing Oscar-winner Michael Moore’s new documentary feature on 2 October, 2009.

The as-yet-untitled film will explore the root causes of the global economic meltdown and take 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" – the massive transfer of US taxpayer money to private financial institutions.

On this, the 20-year anniversary of his masterpiece Roger & Me, Moore returns to the issue that began his career: the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have on the lives of Americans and citizens of the world. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene far wider than Flint, Michigan.

Says Moore, "The wealthy, at some point, decided they didn’t have enough wealth. 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."

Moore’s new documentary, his first since 2007’s widely-praised Sicko, was first announced by Overture and Paramount Vantage International in May 2008 at the Cannes Film Festival and production began shortly afterward.

Overture CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett previously worked with Moore when they oversaw the release of Bowling for Columbine at MGM/United Artists.

"Everyone can relate to this subject matter and all have been affected. We think there should be plenty of people interested in hearing Michael’s take on how exactly we got here and what we can do to move forward," said McGurk and Rosett.

Paramount Film Group president John Lesher added, "Michael is a master at capturing the most timely and critical issues shaping our world today. His unique, thought-provoking method of filmmaking is sure to bring dynamic insights into the state of the global economy that will have mass appeal to audiences worldwide."

The release date is a year and a day after the United States Senate voted to hand Wall Street a $700 billion bailout.