The sequel to Morgan Spurlock’s popular documentary Super Size Me may not see the light of day now that the filmmaker has confessed to numerous incidents of sexual misconduct, including harassing a female employee at his production company several years ago.
Shortly after Spurlock shared his written confession on Twitter last week, the production house that he co-founded, Warrior Poets, announced that the filmmaker was stepping down from his position. And now, YouTube Red, the company that purchased the distribution rights to Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken, has announced that it no longer plans to release the film.
“We feel for all of the women impacted by the recent statements made by Morgan Spurlock,” a YouTube spokesperson says in a statement sent to Deadline. “In light of this situation, we have decided not to distribute Super Size Me 2 on YouTube Red.” The entertainment company bought the movie for around $3.5 million after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September.
Spurlock’s former partners at Warrior Poets, Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin, also announced that they pulled Super Size Me 2 out of the lineup for next month’s Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Institute supports the move and notes in a statement that the people at the fest “empathize deeply with the many people affected — especially the women who were impacted.” Chilnick and Galkin are also scrubbing Spurlock’s name for another documentary about Teflon and the biochemical industry that he worked on called The Devil We Know. The producers explain that their “priority is ensuring nothing distracts from the extraordinary people who shared their stories with us and the important issue at the heart of this film.”
In his Twitter confession last week, Spurlock wrote that he wanted to come clean about his history of sexual misconduct after “watching hero after hero, man after man, fall at the realization of their past indiscretions.” The filmmaker admitted to paying off a co-worker that he’d verbally harassed when she threatened to tell people about how he treated her. Spurlock also confessed to being accused of raping a girl in college, and he said that he’d cheated on numerous wives and girlfriends over the years. “From my wife, to my friends, to my family, to my partners & co-workers,” Spurlock wrote, “I have helped create a world of disrespect through my own actions.“
Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken focuses on Spurlock’s attempt to build a fast-food restaurant from scratch. The stunt restaurant opened and closed one weekend last fall in Columbus, Ohio.
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