Michael Moore does drama
It looks like Michael Moore is giving up the thing he has become most known for, the documentary, in favour of comedy and mystery in the form of dramatic films.
While his next documentary is investigating the banking sector in America during the financial crisis and how they, and the government, let the sector go so far, it looks like this will be his last documentary…unless his dramatic career falls through of course.
It appears that Michael Moore isn't content with documentaries all his life and wants to deliver something a little more mainstream and he has a couple of scripts on the table already.
According to The Detroit News through /Filmhttp://www.slashfilm.com/2009/08/02/michael-moore-to-transition-from-documentaries-to-narrative-feature-films/ and CInematical, Moore has said that Capitalism: A Love Story could be his last documentary, for a while at least:
"While I've been making this film I've been thinking that maybe this will be my last documentary. ... I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this."
It'll be interesting to see how he makes the leap from non-fiction to fiction, but I do suspect that the insanity he's encountered in uncovering real life stories will do nothing but help his dramatic writing. After all drama is really a reflection of life and the best comedy is the comedy you can identify with, and throughout his films there's been some very real comedy to be had.
I can actually see the man pulling this off, the only questions are if he'll then direct the films and if anyone can, or will want to, get them distributed.