By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik June 2, 2004 at 1:18AM
�With Frodo (Harvey) and Sam (Bob) now in charge of the Fellowship, I welcome the addition of Lions Gate and IFC to our quest in bringing good family entertainment to the viewing public,� said Michael Moore about the release of "Fahrenheit 9-11" (as planned) before Independence Day.
So my question is if Harvey and Bob Weinstein are Frodo and Sam, respectively, is "Fahrenheit 9-11" the ring? And if so, is it evil, a tempting force, consuming the lives of all those who behold it? And does that mean Michael Moore is Lord Aragon? And is IFC President Jonathan Sehring the archer Legolas Greenleaf, or he is Pippin, a small Hobbit with sizable courage? And who is Lions Gate CEO Jon Feltheimer? Is he Gandalf, the old cloaked figure always coming to the rescue of Miramax's mishaps? To follow the metaphor to its logical completion, I guess that makes Michael Eisner Saruman.
So what exactly are the Weinstein brothers implying with this "Fellowship Adventure Group"? In addition to the fun analogies it provides and the slight dig against the White House's "coalition of the willing," is it also a direct rebuff against Disney for not letting Miramax take Lord of the Rings on without New Line?
One industry observer recently told me that the more companies involved, the more we all know Harvey and Bob are the real heros of this story. If you bring in IFC, for example, that dilulates Lions Gate's involvement with the film, and vice versa. This way, Harvey and Bob get their ring, and get to it wear it, too.