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Is 'An Inconvenient Truth' Getting a Sequel?

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 2, 2014 at 1:26PM

Is the world ready for another dose of "Inconvenient Truth"s? According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers are talking a sequel to the 2006 Oscar-winning film that documented Al Gore's campaign to open eyes to the consequences of global warming.
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'An Inconvenient Truth'
'An Inconvenient Truth'

Is the world ready for another dose of "Inconvenient Truth"s? According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers are talking a sequel to the 2006 Oscar-winning film that documented Al Gore's campaign to open eyes to the consequences of global warming.

Producers Lawrence Bender and Scott Z. Burns are open to the idea:

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."

"God, do we need one," environmental activist Laurie David told THR about the possibility of a sequel. "We have extreme weather events every other week. The update has to be incredible and shocking."

A sequel isn't a bad idea, as Paramount and Participant's film grossed $50 million worldwide, and won two Academy Awards -- Best Documentary for director David Guggenheim, and Best Original Song for Melissa Etheridge (yes, you may have forgotten, but she is an Oscar winner). And from "Blackfish" to "Gasland" to "If A Tree Falls," docs about nature and the environment and imminent disaster always play well with audiences, and stir debate, which is never a bad thing as long as it gets people talking.

For now, tune to Showtime on April 13 for the eight-part climate change doc "The Years of Living Dangerously," backed by Jerry Weintraub, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, for some cold hard "Truth."

This article is related to: News, Documentaries, The Hollywood Reporter


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.