Michael Moore's upcoming documentary film about Donald Trump and Roseanne Barr is officially titled Fahrenheit 11/9, a reference to Trump's election. While there have been - and will surely continue to be - many great feature-length documentaries made, it's pretty rare that a documentary filmmaker himself becomes a recognizable celebrity. Yet, that's exactly what happened to Michael Moore, for better or for worse. Due to his politically charged subject matter, Moore's work tends to be either championed or reviled by most, with little middle ground.
Moore first gained fame via his 1989 feature debut Roger & Me, which looked at the dire economic impact the closing of several GM auto plants had on the director's hometown of Flint, Michigan. Moore's career really took off with his 2002 film Bowling for Columbine, which won him an Oscar, and took a harsh look at gun culture in America, a subject all the more relevant in the modern era of seemingly weekly mass shootings. Moore also holds an important record, as his 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11 - a deep dive into the George W. Bush presidency, his handling of the 9/11 terror attacks, and subsequent Iraq War - stands as the highest-grossing theatrical documentary of all time.
Moore would go on to earn acclaim for his documentary looks at the American healthcare system - 2007's Sicko - and economic system - 2011's Capitalism: A Love Story - both of which he believed to be in urgent need of repair. Now, his two latest targets are President Donald Trump and actress/comedian Roseanne Barr. During an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (via Deadline), Moore confirmed that his next movie will center on the two controversial figures, and be called Fahrenheit 11/9. The title is both a play on Fahrenheit 9/11, and the day Trump officially became president-elect in 2016.
This isn't the first time Moore has discussed the Fahrenheit 11/9 project, as he first confirmed its existence in May 2017. At the time, the film was said to be entirely about Trump, and does still look to be mostly focused on the president. Just how much focus Roseanne will get is unclear, although Moore has mentioned her several times in connection with the movie, including during Colbert. As a reminder, Moore vowed revenge on both Roseanne and Trump via social media the day after Roseanne's infamous tweet got her ABC sitcom canceled. Moore had also been the target of Roseanne's Twitter ire that day, including one derogatory remark he found particularly upsetting.
Whether one loves Michael Moore, hates him, or is one of the few to fall somewhere in between those two extremes, it's undeniable that the man knows how to get attention on his movies. Only time will tell if Fahrenheit 11/9 rocks the box office in a fashion akin to Fahrenheit 9/11, but Moore's shrewd decision to release the film during the first election year of Trump's administration certainly won't hurt its chances of success.
Fahrenheit 11/9 hits theaters on September 21.