The Inconvenient Truth – a Sequel in Works?

April 7, 2014

Hollywood Reporter:

Al Gore might need to dust off his projector. The creative forces behind the Oscar-winning environmental documentary An Inconvenient Truth are hatching plans for a sequel to the film that raised global awareness of climate change. “We have had conversations,” producer Lawrence Bender tells THR. “We’ve met; we’ve discussed. If we are going to make a movie, we want it to have an impact.”

The first film certainly did. Released in 2006 by Paramount andJeff Skoll‘s Participant Media, the Davis Guggenheim-directed doc grossed nearly $50 million worldwide and helped propel Gore, its narrator, to a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. But Bender believes that during the ensuing years, the fossil-fuel industry has changed the dialogue with a misinformation campaign. “They did a really good job of pushing back and confusing people,” he says. “Some people actually believe global warming doesn’t exist.”

Environmental activist Laurie David also believes a sequel should be on the agenda. “God, do we need one,” she says. “Everything in that movie has come to pass. At the time we did the movie, there was Hurricane Katrina; now we have extreme weather events every other week. The update has to be incredible and shocking.”

Despite the desire, a sequel is far from a sure thing, and producer Scott Z. Burns says he “would only support doing a follow-up if we have a really, really amazing way of attacking the issue and reinvigorating it.”

But Inconvenient Truth and the issues it raised were on Bender’s mind as he accepted an award during a Beverly Hills fundraiser March 21 that collected $700,000 for UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. At the gala, hosted by Jeanne and Anthony Pritzker, the producer called for renewed activism on climate change and cited the film’s impact. “At the time, we hoped to provoke a global conversation about climate change,” Bender told the audience, which included Courteney Cox, Anjelica Huston, Johnny McDaid, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. “Our new inconvenient truth is that not nearly enough concrete action has been taken.”


2 Responses to “The Inconvenient Truth – a Sequel in Works?”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Producer Scott Z. Burns says he “would only support doing a follow-up if we have a really, really amazing way of attacking the issue and reinvigorating it.”

    Stick around, Scott. There’s a high likelihood of some “amazing things” that you can use occurring soon (and wouldn’t just “really amazing” be enough, because we’re at that point already?)

  2. Sure. The new title it ‘A Really, Really (no kidding) Inconvenient Truth’. The problem with the first film isn’t what it told us about the potential devastation. The problem is that Gore wasn’t honest about what it was going to take to get us out of this hole in the first place. Avoiding climate catastrophe at this point doesn’t mean changing lightbulbs and getting a hybrid car. It probably means major reductions in energy usage. That means being like the Germans and unplugging all the ‘instant on’ appliances every night. It means being like the Japanese and recycling hot dishwater and bath water. It means getting to work by bicycle. And it means ending support for the trillion dollar a year military (think of the fuel used up in ‘training’ for the kinds of wars we’ll never fight again). Even then we’re probably too late.

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