Michael Moore promises lust, passion in new movie

Fri Jul 10, 2009 12:15am EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Firebrand filmmaker Michael Moore is putting a romantic twist on his latest documentary, calling it "Capitalism: A Love Story."

Moore, who targeted the Bush administration in "Fahrenheit 9/11" and the healthcare industry in "Sicko," is focusing on the global economic meltdown in his new movie, which is set for an October 2 release by Overture Films and Paramount Vantage.

Moore said in a statement on Thursday that it was time for him to make a "relationship movie."

"It will be the perfect date movie. 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," he said.

The movie's distributors said Moore, 55, was returning to an issue that began his career -- the disastrous impact that corporate dominance and out-of-control profit motives have on the lives of Americans and other citizens.

Moore touched on economic carnage with his 1989 breakthrough, "Roger and Me," in which he documented the effect of General Motors' decline on his hometown of Flint, Michigan.

Moore won an Oscar in 2003 for his gun-control study "Bowling for Columbine," and followed up the next year with the incendiary "Fahrenheit 9/11," which savaged former U.S. President George W. Bush and the war on terrorism, and became a box-office hit.

Liberty Media Corp-owned Overture will handle the film's domestic release in both theaters and ancillary outlets, while Viacom Inc-owned Paramount Vantage will handle international sales.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)

<p>Michael Moore arrives before the world premiere screening of "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" by U.S. director Steven Spielberg at the 61st Cannes Film Festival May 18, 2008. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler</p>