Why Michael Sued Harvey
The indie icons square off over ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ after Moore rejects a final deal.
On Feb. 2, Michael Moore and Harvey Weinstein were chatting on the phone about possibly working together again. The most successful documentary filmmaker in Hollywood history and the iconoclastic indie mogul, who had collaborated on such successful films as Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko, hadn’t been friendly since Weinstein passed on backing Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore’s 2010 look at the U.S. financial crisis that flopped in theaters. But while Moore had for months been complaining that Weinstein shortchanged him on profits from Fahrenheit, the two men were discussing a new deal for Moore to direct a narrative feature — his first since the 1995 comedy Canadian Bacon — as well as another nonfiction film.
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