When An Inconvenient Truth came out, there was plenty of reason to be worried about where the climate was heading. Part of Al Gore‘s deeply concerning presentation about where the Earth was going to be in the next few decades included an apocalyptic end game, one that seemed impossible but, in Gore’s direct and informed way of speaking, also felt plausible in a strange way.
Of course now, with a climate change denier heading up President-Elect Trump’s environmental policies and a former Exxon honcho looking at the Secretary of State position, Gore’s nightmare seems infinitely more likely and maybe even a little kind. So, as was learned over this past weekend, it’s a perfect time for An Inconvenient Truth 2 to be hitting theaters, even after the similarly provocative, Leonardo DiCaprio-fronted Before the Flood. The surprise sequel was announced to be likely hitting theaters sometime in 2017 and the movie will have its first public screenings at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
It’s unclear what exactly the movie will cover and how long Gore will be on screen or if he will be doing another presentation or heading out into the world to see how climate change is being handled by people. If he’s not the center of the film, it could be a lot more like Before the Flood, but it’s important to remember just how commanding Gore can be when he is actually passionate about the material. An Inconvenient Truth wouldn’t have worked even a little bit if Gore couldn’t hold the attention of the audience, but he did. An Inconvenient Truth is now on most people’s lists of the most important documentaries of the aughts, alongside works by the likes of Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman. Whether or not the sequel to that film will measure up is unknown, but its material has hardly ever been more timely.