Former Vice President Al Gore plans to unveil in January a sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth,” his widely lauded but hotly disputed 2006 climate-change documentary.
The yet-untitled follow-up from Paramount Pictures trails Mr. Gore “as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet,” according to the Friday press release.
The winner of two Academy Awards, “An Inconvenient Truth” was credited with putting global warming on the political map but also accused by critics of scare-mongering by exaggerating the impact of increased carbon-dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
The sequel is scheduled to debut Jan. 19 on the opening day of the Sundance Film Festival, with its release in theaters following later in 2017.
Mr. Gore shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a result of his global-warming advocacy.
“Now more than ever we must rededicate ourselves to solving the climate crisis,” Mr. Gore said in a Friday statement. “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.”
The 2006 film won kudos for bringing the climate-change issue to the forefront, grossing $49.8 million worldwide, but was also mocked after some of its more alarming predictions failed to materialize.
For example, Mr. Gore foresaw human-caused climate change resulting in more extreme weather events such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but instead there followed the longest lull of Category 3 or higher hurricanes in recorded U.S. history.
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano joked the sequel should be titled “All The Stuff That Didn’t Happen.”
“Perhaps it’s because most of the calamities predicted in the first movie didn’t happen, hurricanes didn’t increase in frequency and strength, polar ice caps didn’t melt, NY and other coastal cities aren’t underwater, Mt. Kilimanjaro still is snow-capped, tornadoes aren’t increasing in frequency and strength, the Arctic isn’t melting, the Antarctic ice extent is growing, oh and the polar bear population is doing very well, thank you,” Ben Bowles and Jeff Dunetz said in a post on Climate Depot. “So former VP Al Gore wants to try another movie.”
The Sundance screening comes as part of a program called the “New Climate,” which is “dedicated to conversations and films about environmental change and conservation.”
“When my team and I first watched this film, we were taken by its complete, sensitive and cinematic presentation of the issues. It was emotional to see the scope of our world’s problems — and heartening to see the potential for progress,” said Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper.
The sequel’s directors, Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, described climate change as “the story of our time and following Al Gore during this critical moment in history has been both sobering and incredibly inspiring.”