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Michael Moore plans film about ‘biggest swindle in American history’

By Carol Eisenberg

February 16, 2009 at 8:12am

Filmmaker Michael Moore is looking for “a few brave people who work on Wall Street.”

The muckraking director of films about the auto and health-care industries and America’s love of guns is now working on a movie about what he calls “the biggest swindle in American history.”

But he says in his letter that he needs a couple of informants to help guide him.

“Your identity will be protected and you will decide to what extent you wish to participate in telling the greatest crime story ever told,” Moore says in an open letter posted last week on his website.

If the CEOs of Bank of America, Citigroup and Merrill Lynch think that members of Congress have been tough on them, they have no idea what awaits.

The 54-year-old filmmaker born in Flint, MI , the son of an auto assembly-line worker, made his reputation as a populist bomb thrower in Roger & Me, which documents his unsuccessful efforts to confront then-General Motors CEO Roger Smith about his management of what was then the world’s largest automaker.

He went on to demonize then-President George W. Bush in Fahrenheit 9/11 about what he described as the real reasons for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the greed of the American health-care industry in Sicko - films that became the highest-grossing documentaries of all time.

Moore claims to have heard from “a few brave people” for his new project already.

“Based on those who have contacted me, I believe there are a number of you who know ‘the real deal,’” he wrote. “You have information that the American people need to hear. I am humbly asking you for a moment of courage, to be a hero.”

Moore’s project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival last May. It’s being financed by Overture and Paramount Vantage, a unit of Viacom Inc.’s Paramount Pictures Corp. handling distribution outside North America, according to an Overture spokesman.

He has not divulged the title of the new film, but he asks people to email him at bailout@michaelmoore.com.

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