Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Days before Morgan Spurlock debuted his highly anticipated “Super Size Me” sequel at the Toronto International Film Festival, the documentary already was drawing buyer interest.
Netflix made a play for Spurlock’s poultry industry exposé, per sources. Hulu and CNN also were said to be in the mix, but a surprising distributor quickly rose to the top: YouTube. The lights had just dimmed on the “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken” Sept. 8 world premiere when The Hollywood Reporter reported that the streamer would pay $3.5 million for the documentary, committing to a theatrical release and a hefty marketing spend.
“YouTube made the most sense for what I wanted to accomplish with this film,” says Spurlock, who is said to have left millions on the table to work with the Google-owned video hub and its 1.5 billion monthly viewers. “You don’t make movies to sit on a shelf and collect dust. You want them to actually be enjoyed by as many people as you can. And their plan is to make this a noisy partnership.”
Read the story at The Hollywood Reporter.
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