Thursday, February 16, 2012
Weinsteins Issue Statement On Fahrenheit 9/11 Lawsuit Settlement With Michael Moore
A lawsuit between filmmaker Michael Moore and the Weinsteins over a revenue dispute related to the 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, which shattered nonfiction box office records, has been settled out of court. In a statement issued by The Weinstein Company, the brothers acknowledged they have settled with Moore and held out the possibility of working with the controversial director in the future: “Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Fellowship Adventure Group and Michael Moore have amicably settled the lawsuit involving an accounting dispute on Fahrenheit 9/11, and they look forward to the prospect of working together on future projects.” No further details were provided. The Weinsteins formed the Fellowship Adventure Group when their former then-parent Disney barred Miramax from releasing Fahrenheit 9/11, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. The lawsuit filed last year in Los Angeles Superior Court alleged that at least $2.7 million in revenues had been “rerouted.” Moore’s attorney Larry Stein said at the time that an independent auditor found the discrepancy. Deadline reported last year Moore received $19.8 million in backend profit for the film which takes a critical look at then President Bush’s reaction to 9/11. Domestically, Fahrenheit 9/11 took in nearly $120 million at the box office.