The Weinstein Company has set a June 29 release date for Michael Moore’s Cannes-bound documentary Sicko and brought in Lionsgate to partner on releasing the documaker’s first film since Fahrenheit 9/11.
Variety says Lionsgate will release the film in the U.S. while The Weinstein Company handles all marketing and publicity duties and puts up all P&A costs.
TWC is also handling international rights and is offering the doc — a critical look at the U.S. health care system — in Cannes after its world premiere.
The deal reteams Bob and Harvey Weinstein with Lionsgate three years after the movie-mogul brothers picked the indie studio to help roll out Fahrenheit 9/11.
“Lionsgate was very helpful the last time, and this time we’re happy to have them involved again,” Harvey Weinstein said. He added that he sees Sicko as a less controversial film than “Fahrenheit.”
“I’ve seen this movie with Republicans and Democrats, and this is one time Michael has sort of unified everyone,” he said. “The health care industry might not have a very good July Fourth.”
“Fahrenheit” brought in $222.4 million in worldwide box office and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.