Monday, August 3, 2009

Michael Moore steers away from documentaries, makes no mention of Canadian Bacon II

Remember Michael Moore as Lisa Kudrow’s kooky cousin in Lucky Numbers? Or John Candy as a Moore doppelganger in Canadian Bacon, the satire about a fictional cold war between U.S. and Canada? It’s okay if you don’t. The highly successful political documentarian’s name may again be associated with narrative films, as he is bidding farewell to cinéma vérité.

Moore told The Detroit News on Saturday that while finishing up his new film, he thought, “Maybe this will be my last documentary.”

Capitalism: A Love Story, another polarizing, dogmatic doc looking at a problematic sector in U.S. policy, is due out October 2.

Though he hasn’t written or directed a non-documentary film since 1995’s aforementioned Bacon, he has two ideas in the works. He tersely described them by employing a broad genre classification system.

"I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years," he says. "One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this."

Moore may have played a supporting role in Lucky Numbers and has a reputation for being a borderline obese gentleman waddling around with a microphone and a camera. But I think even Moore would agree that he should stay behind the camera for his upcoming fictional forays.

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