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On Our Radar: Morgan Spurlock

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It’s almost here! We’re counting down the hours to documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock’s new film Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, which hits theaters this Friday. In it Spurlock celebrates comic fandom and pop culture tribes who gather every year at San Diego Comic-Con.

Spurlock sounds off in an interview on Wired’s Geeks Guide to the Galaxy about how the idea for the movie all began:

Morgan Spurlock: The whole concept behind Comic-Con IV: A Fan’s Hope came from the first visit that I ever paid to Comic-Con. I’d wanted to go for years. I’d always wanted to go. I’d seen it in the news and heard people talk about it, and I’d never, for one reason or another, been able to attend. Then in 2009 I was approached by Fox to do the Simpsons 20th-anniversary special for them. And so the minute I got that phone call from Fox, I was like, “We’re going to Comic-Con! We’re going to go there, we’re going to find Simpsons super-fans, we’re going to have like an American Idol casting, we’re going to find these people who love The Simpsons more than anything.”

And while we were there shooting, I was like, “This place is like a movie. This is a place where we can make a great film about the characters, the people.” And then later on that night I met Stan Lee for the first time. And I went over to introduce myself, to kiss the ring, you know, and I was like, “Mr. Lee, as a kid growing up in West Virginia reading your comic books, I just want you to know you changed my life. Your stories encouraged me, and gave me the drive to want to go out and tell my own stories.” And he’s like, “Oh, Morgan, thanks! I really appreciate that. Wow, I don’t even know what to say. You know what we should do? We should make a movie together. We should make a documentary. We should make a documentary about Comic-Con!” And I was like, “That’s a great idea, Mr. Lee! Thank you so much!”

And I literally turned around, and right after I met him, I turned around — this is a party for [Creative Artists Agency]. Like, his agency is CAA and so is mine. This is such this crazy, weird Hollywood moment. I turned around and Peter Micelli, who’s an agent at CAA, was standing right behind me, and he goes, “How was it meeting Stan?” And I was like, “It was amazing. We want to make a movie about Comic-Con.” And he’s like, “That’s a great idea. You should meet my client who’s coming into town tomorrow.” Cut to tomorrow, as I was having breakfast with Joss Whedon at his hotel, told him the whole idea — “We want to make a film, follow people into Comic-Con.” And Joss was like, “I love it. I’m in.” So literally in like 48 hours we had Joss and Stan on board to make this movie, which a year later we were shooting. It was crazy.

Read the rest of the interview here!

Want more? We also tracked down an AMA (Ask Me Anything) with Mr. Spurlock on Reddit, where he answers tons of fan-submitted questions from the internet!

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