Michael Moore Signs $10 Million Deal for Documentary on Socialism

May 01, 2013

66ème Festival de Venise (Mostra)Filmmaker Michael Moore signed a $10 million contract today to write, direct, and produce a documentary on the history of socialism.

The upcoming project from Annapurna Pictures will be filmed in Germany, Russia, Cuba, China and the United States and will argue that only a strict interpretation of Marxism can save the world from "global capitalist destruction."

Tentatively entitled Go-Karting With Karl, the film will explicitly call for ending private ownership of real estate, the nationalization of manufacturing, and a 95 percent tax on banking and oil profits.

According to an Annapurna press release Go-Karting will "trace the story of the worker's struggle against bourgeois oppression through the actions of humanitarian heroes like Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Mao and Castro."

It also hopes to "open a dialogue with a global audience about the wisdom allowing out-of-touch fat cat millionaires to dominate today's economy and politics."

Some Pigs Are More Equal

The eight-figure payout for Moore is a record for a documentary filmmaker and puts the liberal firebrand in the same league as mega studio directors such as Todd Phillips, Jon Favreau and Tim Burton.

The deal also includes a clause entitling Moore to up to 10 percent of the film's gross profit if certain box office thresholds are met, a figure industry insiders say is unprecedented.

Some observers on the left and the right have already criticized Moore's exorbitant  salary as being inconsistent with the ideals of socialism. But in an exclusive interview Moore claims he's still part of the working class.

"Ten million dollars might sound like a lot of money," he explains, "but it's peanuts compared to what Goldman Sachs brings in every year.

"And cash like that doesn't go as far as you'd think. 10 mil buys you what ... two ... maybe three houses? And not even in prime locations. We're talking Lake Michigan houses, not the Hamptons or Beverly Hills.

"And I got medical expenses, college to pay for, three personal chefs covering breakfast, lunch and dinner. This stuff is expensive. I still consider myself middle class. You want to see rich, go talk to Steven Spielberg. He's got some extra change to spare."

Moore also claimed that his film is going to be authentically socialist as possible, despite the sums of money involved.

"We're not using capitalist union American crews, we're getting some socialist non-union North Korean workers to do it for half the price. And we're replacing our paid marketing people with interns recruited from socialist youth groups.

"I wish I could buy a socialist-built movie camera. Unfortunately there don't seem to be very many factories left in Cuba. Don't know why that is."

Michael Moore is a noted documentary filmmaker best known for his films Bowling for Columbine and Fahrenheit 911. His latest film, Go Karting With Karl, is expected to be released in the summer of 2014.

  • MZedong

    Moore is merely a useful tool in our march towards the ultimate socialist workers paradise. His ill gotten gains will be seized in the name of the proletariat and redistributed for the common good. The porcine Moore will be assigned to a FEMA camp where he can work off his excess weight so his health care costs don’t become a burden on the working class.

  • D Umbo

    I herd socialism had died. Is this going to be a gost flik like I herd Castro had maybe died also and all his new picture was fake like the guy in the gladiater flik. Maybe wen I die I will be made in a flik also. Probably mor intreresting than socialism. If i was ded id be doing motorbike jumping an such. on a brige and id fly over the canyon. man id be cool if i was a ded flik.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lathou.xaris Lathou Xaris

    Lol. I love how so many people don’t seem to know this page publishes satirical pieces only.

  • http://thedailystrawberry.com/ Ed Berry

    As part of the filming, Moore will spend two years in the jungle on foot, sleeping in trees and collecting his own food. Moore expects this will change his body shape to that of Che Guevara.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1484223212 Kane Leal

    I think maybe the joke is on you, since you think their posts are serious.

  • fustian24

    Michael has promised to take half of his fortune and pay it to the government because he thinks the wealthy can afford to pay much more to support government priorities. The bulk of the rest will be given to the poor.

    Right.

  • tpartynitwit

    I applaud Comrade Moore’s endeavor to portray the glorious history of the struggles of the working class to cut the chains of bourgeois oppression! May his running dog critics wither away like the state in Classical Marxian theory!

  • JoelinPDX

    This would be funny if Moore hadn’t already made numerous documentaries about socialism.

  • JAKE Says

    Moore has given more to the poor and to his community of flynt than you can imagine. 10 million is 7 million after taxes. For a film that will make more than 100 million.

  • JAKE Says

    Moore is the working class and has employed thousands throughout his career.what have you done? Nothing

  • fustian24

    Comes the revolution and it all goes to the state.

    Isn’t that what he wants? What’s he waiting for?

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