Making his name on concept heavy, quasi-reality show style documentaries, Morgan Spurlock has been eyeing making a narrative feature for a few years now. It’s something he’s brought up in numerous interviews as something he’d like to do, and it looks like the puzzle pieces are falling into place.
Last summer Spurlock told USA Today that he was lining something up Leonardo DiCaprio‘s production shingle Appian Way. “There’s a couple movies that I’m attached to right now. It took a long time to find something that I liked. There’s a film I’m attached to at Leonardo DiCaprio‘s company right now that’s very ‘Erin Brockovich‘-ish, which is great. I wanted to find something that was smart, that I thought had a little teeth to it. Wasn’t just some kind of fluffy…Like, after ‘Super Size Me’ came out, I got sent so many amazingly terrible scripts. They were like, ‘Super Size Me is hilarious! We should send him some comedies!’ So I got sent some really bad comedies.”
So whether it’s a comedy or drama or something in between (and that’s what our guess is since in the same interview he cites “Thank You For Smoking” as the kind of movie he would like to make) it looks like the stars are aligned and Spurlock will roll on his feature debut this summer. Chatting with /Film he revealed, “It’s financed. We’ve closed on the financing on the film. We’re doing a rewrite on the script now to close in on cast. We’ve already got a really great actor attached to play the lead. I’m not going to tell you who it is. We’ve got a great actor attached to play his dad, which is even more exciting. As soon as we get the rewrite done and can lock into a schedule we’ll make a bigger announcement but that’s happening. It’ll probably be this summer.”
No word on what the actual project is, but it seems everything is moving toward a formal announcement sometime soon. While his docs may be hit and miss, there is no denying that Spurlock brings a brand of energy to his movies that’s hard to match, so we’ll be curoius to see how that’s applied to feature film.