Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Cannes News: Weinstein Company on Rebound with Michael Moore Film and Return of Much Praised Production Exec


Cannes news from the Weinstein Company: Dylan Sellers is back as head of production. Sellers had previously been with Weinstein and oversaw such good films as “August: Osage County,” “Southpaw,” and “St. Vincent.” Sellers’ new title takes in production, acquisition and development. He’s already been attached to two movies for release this year with Oscar potential– “Untouchable” with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston, and “The Current War” with Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon.

Weinstein looks like it’s revving up again. Yesterday they announced they’re making a Donald Trump expose documentary with Michael Moore. The title “Fahrenheit 11/9” is a clever twist on the title of their Oscar winning “Fahrenheit 9/11.” This time the title refers to the day after last fall’s miserable election.

Moore has been quietly working on this film. His last one, “Where to Invade Next,” was excellent but botched in its release because Moore took it to former Weinstein associates who promised big but didn’t deliver. At the time, Neon Pictures didn’t even have a name or a logo. Now they do, but it seems like they may have fumbled the release of Laura Poitras’s “Risk,” about Julian Assange. It’s gone off like a dead firework. Too bad.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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