Morgan Spurlock, the documentarian behind Super Size Me and Where In The World is Osama Bin Laden?, will be directing a new documentary about Comic-Con, the infamous comic book/film convention that takes place every summer in San Diego, California. The cool part? He’s teaming up with comic book legend Stan Lee and the fanboy favorite writer/director Joss Whedon on the project.
Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, is also going to be a part of the production, which will begin filming this June and wrap up at this year’s Comic-Con in July. Rounding out the team as a producer will be Thomas Tull, Chairman of Legendary Pictures (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Superman Returns, 300). But what will the documentary be about, exactly?
The feature documentary will follow seven different people from across America, and around the world, as they descend upon and the veritable Mecca of fandom and experience the rapture that is Comic-Con.
The name of the film hearkens back to the original Star Wars since the title of the film will be Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope. It’s clear that these filmmakers know their audience and I think it’s fair to presume that they will depict their subjects in a light that’s far more positive than negative. I’m hoping to catch some of the filming firsthand, since I’ll be attending Comic-Con for the first time this year.
The film will capture not only a moment in time that literally touches hundreds of thousands of people, but a world that inspires us all – but more than anything else, it will show us that whether at home or away, in costume or not, en masse or alone, we should all have the courage and confidence to be ourselves.
Despite the inaccurate use of the word “literally,” I’m actually looking forward to this project. I dismissed documentaries for years before stumbling across some really great films; The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Air Guitar Nation, and Murderball are all fantastic docs that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone.
Are you interested in a documentary like this? Do you think this team is the right one to present the impact of Comic-Con on the big screen?