Michael Moore’s angry again and this time the Weinsteins are on the receiving end of his wrath. The Oscar winning director has a bone to pick with the producing duo over his 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11. He recently filed a lawsuit against Harvey and Bob Weinstein regarding the film and (you guessed it) the money they earned.
Moore claims that the Weinsteins have cheated him out of a $2.7 million profit generated from his documentary.
“The suit claims the Fellowship Adventure Group — the company the Weinstein brothers formed specifically to release Moore’s white-hot button documentary, in partnership with Lionsgate and IFC Films — and Moore agreed to a 50/50 split of the profits from the film, but the Fellowship Adventure Group “failed and refused to share equally in the fruits of the venture as the partners agreed.” (Fahrenheit 9/11 brought in $222.4 million in worldwide box office, and remains the highest-grossing documentary of all time.) The suit is also seeking punitive damages.”
The Weinstein’s aren’t taking this suit lying down. When EW contacted their legal representation Bert Fields, he stated that Moore has earned more than $20 million from Fahrenheit and “he’s not entitled to another dime.” If that wasn’t harsh enough, he went on to call the lawsuit “absolute baloney.” If that’s not professional, we don’t know what is.
What do you think of Moore vs the Weinsteins? Who should win?