UPDATE: Lionsgate has confirmed it is in talks to buy U.S. rights to the docu America: Imagine A World Without Her, which Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan wrote and co-directed, with Gerald R. Molen producing. While word from the filmmakers was the film would be released July 4, Lionsgate will put it in limited release June 27 and open wide July 2. According to Lionsgate, D’Souza “journeys to discover what has made America great and its impact on the world. D’Souza argues that American ideals and patriotism should not be things we shy away from. He defends not an idealized America, but America as it really is, and measures itself not against a utopian ideal, but against the rest of the world.” Lionsgate handled home entertainment on 2016: Obama’s America. Will this have the flash and controversy of the Obama movie? It will certainly get more distribution backing than the last pic did, even if the premise is more of a think tank exercise than White House bashing.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 12:47 pm PST: After his last controversial documentary became the second-highest-grossing political documentary of all time, Dinesh D’Souza and the team behind 2016: Obama’s America is making a distribution deal with Lionsgate for his followup, America. I’m hearing this is a service deal, so no high minimum guarantee. There is already big buzz on this one, which will be released July 4. It imagines the United States as having lost the Revolutionary War. When we wrote about the trailer, D’Souza sent up some fireworks of his own to rival the ones 2016 generated, as the producer-writer and kind-of host says of his new docu, “We answer the central moral challenge of America’s critics, which is that America’s greatness is based on theft, plunder and oppression.” Listen for other red-button phrases from interviewees describing the USA as “the new evil empire” and a “predatory colonial power” as well as referring to Mount Rushmore as “a symbol of oppression and genocide to our people.” Director John Sullivan’s film comes out two years after its predecessors — hitting theaters on the Fourth of July.
Here is the trailer: