May 9th, 2007 Weinsteins set ‘SiCKO’ release date
Moore film to rollout June 29
The Weinstein Co. has pegged a June 29 rollout for Michael Moore’s Cannes-bound docu “SiCKO” and brought in Lionsgate to partner on releasing the documaker’s first pic since “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Harvey Weinstein said that he sees “SiCKO” as a less controversial film than “Fahrenheit.”
“I’ve seen this movie with Republicans and Democrats, and this is one time Michael has sort of unified everyone,” he said. “The health care industry might not have a very good July Fourth.”
And don’t forget it’s Cannes next week – this is Moore’s third film in a row to be an “Official Selection” at the Cannes Film Festival (“Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11” were the other two). Three years ago “Fahrenheit 9/11” won the top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or. “Fahrenheit” went on to become the largest grossing Palme d’Or winner in history. In 2002, “Bowling for Columbine” won the 55th Anniversary Prize.
This year’s festival will take place from May 16-27. “SiCKO” will play out of competition, per Michael’s request. It will be the first time the film will be seen by the public. “SiCKO” is scheduled to be in theaters this summer.
“I’m honored to be asked again to come to Cannes,” Michael said. “It’s been a good luck charm for us and the perfect place to present our work to the rest of the world. I’m hoping that this film will have the impact I think it will have.”