Michael Moore's Anti-Bush 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Rescued By Miramax Heads

Weinsteins to buy film from Disney, seek third-party distribution.

Miramax Films may not be bringing you Michael Moore's anti-Bush flick "Fahrenheit 9/11," but the company's heads Bob and Harvey Weinstein hope to.

According to Reuters, the brothers plan to buy back the "Bowling for Columbine" director's new film from Miramax parent company Walt Disney Co. and seek a third-party company to handle distribution. Miramax's contract with Disney, which bought Miramax over 10 years ago, states that Disney can prevent Miramax from distributing certain films.

Disney had expressed concern about Miramax's distribution of "Fahrenheit 9/11," a film which condemns the manner in which President Bush handled the September 11 terrorist attacks, and connects the president's family with Osama bin Laden's family (see "Disney Blocks Michael Moore's Anti-Bush Flick").

A Miramax spokesperson confirmed the sale to Reuters, but Disney told the news agency that the company "has offered to sell Miramax's interest in the film to either a third party or Harvey and Bob."

In a recent statement, Miramax said of the impending deal, "We're very happy that Disney has agreed to sell 'Fahrenheit 9/11' to Bob and Harvey. Bob and Harvey look forward to promptly completing this transaction."





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