Art and Experience: Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is getting a sequel.
Paramount Pictures and Participant Media will release the follow-up to the critically acclaimed documentary next year.
The film will premiere on Jan. 19 — the opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, the sequel follows Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.
“Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis,” Gore said Friday. “But we have reason to be hopeful; the solutions to the crisis are at hand. I’m deeply honored and grateful that Paramount Pictures and Participant Media have once again taken on the task of bringing the critical story of the climate crisis to the world.”
Paramount chairman and CEO Brad Grey said, “We are honored to be working again with Al, Jeff Skoll, and everyone at Participant on a film whose message is as urgent as ever. Al’s tireless efforts to bring about change continues to inspire all of us as we fight for the health of our world for future generations.”
“An Inconvenient Truth,” directed by Davis Guggenheim, was released in 2006. The movie, which followed Gore’s campaign to educate citizens about global warming, premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and and won two Oscars — best documentary feature and best original song. The film grossed $49.8 million worldwide.
Jeff Skoll, the executive producer, founder, and chairman of Participant Media, said, “A decade after we took a risk in backing a film centered around a slide show presentation and one human’s quest to awaken global consciousness about our changing planet, we are proud to bring global audiences a promising update: that a future powered by clean, safe, renewable, inexpensive, non-polluting energy is no longer a dream but a very attainable reality.”
Richard Berge and Diane Weyermann will produce the pic. It’s executive produced by Skoll, Guggenheim, Lawrence Bender, Laurie David, Scott Z. Burns, and Lesley Chilcott.
Paramount Pictures will release the film in theaters in 2017.
Gore and Skoll will also appear on the festival’s Power of Story panel on Jan. 22 with Mohamed Nasheed, the former president of the Maldives; producer Heather Rae; and environmentalist and scientist Dr. David Suzuki. The conversation will be moderated by “Democracy Now!” journalist and broadcaster Amy Goodman.
The movie is part of Sundance’s New Climate program dedicated to conversations and films about environmental change and conservation. The New Climate section includes 14 documentaries, short films, and virtual reality experiences, marking the first time that festival programmers have focused on a specific cause.
Robert Redford, president and founder of the Sundance Institute, said, “I believe that storytelling is the greatest platform for getting people to care and take action on some of the most pressing issues of our time. Amid escalating threats to our environment, independent perspectives are adding the depth and dimension needed for us to find common ground and real solutions.”