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Michael Moore: Disney Is Blocking Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore, the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind "Bowling for Columbine," says Disney is blocking its subsidiary Miramax from distributing Moore's upcoming film, "Fahrenheit 9/11."

Moore writes on his Web site: "Yesterday I was told that Disney, the studio that owns Miramax, has officially decided to prohibit our producer, Miramax, from distributing my new film, 'Fahrenheit 9/11.' The reason? According to today's (May 5) New York Times, it might 'endanger' millions of dollars of tax breaks Disney receives from the state of Florida because the film will 'anger' the Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush.

According to the Times, "Fahrenheit 9/11" is critical of President George W. Bush's pre- and post-September 11 actions. The film establishes links between Bush and Osama Bin Laden's family.

An unnamed Disney executive tells the Times that Disney's decision is driven by controversy surrounding the film, not business connections: "It's not in the interest of any major corporation to be dragged into a highly charged partisan political battle," the Disney exec says.

"Fahrenheit 9/11" does not have a U.S. release date, but it will be shown during the Cannes Film Festival, running May 12-23. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on May 5, 2004 11:35 AM
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