Omnipresent at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival – at both parties and panels – Michael Moore, Flint, Michigan’s favorite son, cut a deal with the Weinstein brothers.
Miramax picked up North and Latin American as well as Asian rights to The Big One, Moore’s long-awaited follow-up to Roger and Me, shot during his 1996 book tour for Downsize This!, which hit 48 cities in 50 days.
Half the profits from the film, a collaboration between Moore, BBC Features and London’s Mayfair Entertainment, are pledged to charities and programs in Moore’s beleaguered hometown. Miramax’s $100,000 advance also went to Flint.
Meanwhile, work is continuing with the BBC and Mayfair on Michael Moore’s World, TV Nation’s global cousin. Back in the world of fiction, Moore spent the summer on a script for a Russian sequel to Canadian Bacon expected to be produced by Columbia Tristar.