This article is from the Michael Moore FAQ, by Edward Champion email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
From the Alexander Cockburn interview:
"Three dozen different film companies rejected the script and
told me the American public doesn't want anything
political....After GE gave TV Nation the green light, it created an
interest in me and my script. Two months after I shot the pilot
for the TV show, I had the green light for my movie and two months
later I was shooting it....After I made the pilot and showed it to
John Candy and Alan Alda, I got the money."
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Some of the items Moore used to research the film were
brouchures from Niagara Falls motels, maps of Canada and
memorabilia from various Desert Storm celebrations.
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Moore had been working on a drama about a Holocaust survivor
until Operation Desert Storm began in early 1991.
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Interestingly enough, the end of 1997 brings WAG THE DOG to
the movie theater. The plot of this Barry Levinson film is very
similar to Canadian Bacon -- a Hollywood producer (Dustin Hoffman)
is hired to engineer a war for the president's re-election.
Whether or not Moore will pursue a copyright infringement suit
remains to be seen.