A year and a half after Morgan Spurlock, the filmmaker/star of Super Size Me, wrote a statement detailing his history of sexual misconduct, the long-in-the-works sequel to his hit documentary is slated to be released in theaters nationwide and on video on demand by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
A few days after Spurlock shared his confession on Twitter — in which he revealed that he’d been accused of rape in college, had cheated on numerous partners, and had sexually harassed a member of his team — the production house that he co-founded, Warrior Poets, announced that the filmmaker was leaving the company. That same week, Super Size Me 2’s distribution partner, YouTube Red, announced that it was dropping the film from its slate. The movie had already screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Warrior Poets team had planned to submit it to the 2018 Sundance Film Festival when Spurlock made his confession.
The filmmaker abandoned social media after the film’s distribution deal got dropped, and has not made any statement about the release of the film since.
Whereas the original Super Size Me followed Spurlock on his quest to eat nothing but McDonald’s for a month, the sequel — dubbed Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken— features the filmmaker exploring the American poultry industry by opening a tongue-in-cheek pop-up fried chicken restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. The movie seemed all-but-dead until this week, when Samuel Goldwyn Films revealed plans to release the film in theaters and on VOD September 13. The statement about the release makes no mention of Spurlock’s confession, or any updates to the film, but it seems that the team at Samuel Goldwyn Films thought enough time had passed that audiences might have forgotten about the scandal.
Eater has reached out to Samuel Goldwyn Films for comment on Spurlock’s sexual misconduct allegations, and whether or not any changes have been made to the film since 2017. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
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