CATEGORIES Documentary, Independent, Deals, DIY/Filmmaking, Newsstand, Comic/Superhero/Geek, Movie News, CinematicalBack in February, rumors swirled that Morgan Spurlock and Joss Whedon were collaborating on a ComicCon documentary. It sounded a bit reality show at the time, and neither Spurlock or Whedon would confirm their involvement. But today, their partnership is official. According to Slashfilm, Spurlock will be directing a ComicCon documentary titled (of course) Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan's Hope. Whedon will be producing alongside Stan Lee and Harry Knowles.
A Fan's Hope will begin shooting this June, and will culminate at ComicCon 2010. The documentary will follow seven people as they make the trek from all corners of the globe to the place known as Geek Mecca. "When I was a kid, comics changed my life and my world," says Spurlock. "So when I got to San Diego, I felt like I was home. It was such an overwhelming experience for me, and I soon found out that I was not alone. So for me to get to share the experience of Comic-Con with fans all over the world will be an incredible opportunity."
I have mixed feelings about this. Every regular attendee knows that ComicCon has become a bit of a grim and unwieldy event that gets worse with each passing year. Few will welcome an additional spotlight that will fuel the races for hotels and tickets even more. (They can't stop complaining about G4's coverage as it is. Stand in any line, and you'll hear twenty people complaining the line is G4's fault. ) But ComicCon packs a lot of good memories for me, and it's one of those things that's impossible to describe to others. People don't get it. A Fan's Hope could destroy the last bit of secrecy geekdom possesses -- and it may prove to be a swan song if the convention really decides to pack up and move to another city.