A successful movie doesn’t require a broad audience, it just requires enough of an audience. In the last few years, savvy producers have tapped into hyper-specific markets and have seen their films explode: Kirk Cameron commands the Christian community in a string of serious dramas; pot smokers have found a haven in Netflix Instant; right-wing crusaders helped turn 2016: Obama’s America into one of 2012’s biggest documentaries. Now, a roster of big name stars are combining forces to provide insight and dramatic entertainment to another demographic: 9/11 conspiracists.
Announced on their official website, Fleur De Lis Film Studios will produce September Morn, a dramatic look into the arguments of “Truthers,” those that believe the attacks of September 11 were an inside job fueled by the American government. The movie will attempt to find financial backers at this year’s American Film Market, but a name cast should make for an easy sell.
Woody Harrelson, Martin Sheen, and Ed Asner are all attached to star in the project, which Fleur De Lis’ site describes as being “in the vein of Twelve Angry Men.” The film will be directed by BJ Davis, whose previous credits include 1989 Brandon Lee sci-fi movie Laser Mission, the TV special Charlie Sheen’s Stunts Spectacular, and the instructional video How to Become a Hollywood Stuntman (Davis coordinated stunts on such films as Volunteers, Hot Shots!, and Star Trek VI).
It’s unclear how September Morn will represent the ideas behind the Truther movement — descriptions insinuate a docudrama fiction film that may also utilize expert opinions in the style of documentary — but judging from the promotional poster, the film aims to boldly present the theories from one side. Harrelson, Sheen, and Asner are open about their own position on the conspiracy, aligning themselves with the Actors & Artists for 9/11 Truth organization, along with other famous faces like Rosie O’Donnell, Willie Nelson, Daniel Sunjata, and Charlie Sheen (who seems to be the connective tissue between Davis, Martin Sheen, and many of the organization’s members). Their weight in Hollywood should bring September Morn to fruition. If there are enough non-celebrity believers out there, they could also turn the film into the next controversial indie hit.
For a taste of the “Truther” views, watch this video of Asner speaking at a Actors & Artists for 9/11 Truth function from May of this year:
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[Photo Credit: Fleur De Lis Film Studios]