Only days ago we were speculating with an industry pal on what had ever happened to Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about the San Diego Comic-Con, which was filmed with some fanfare in 2010, had a splashy tie-in book last summer, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and then went silent.
Well, details of the release have now emerged, along with a poster and a trailer. The film will go out in limited release on April 6, with simultaneous theatrical/VOD release. The film will go on a tour of “con-like” openings, complete with costumes and portfolio reviews, in various cities, including Atlanta, Orlando, Miami, Rochester, N.Y., Albany, N.Y., Philadelphia, Wallingford, Conn., Cincinnati, Chicago and Detroit.
Directed by Spurlock, the production crew includes nerd icons Joss Whedon, Stan Lee and Legendary’s Thomas Tull. The blurb goes like this:
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.
Only three of the five are shown in the trailer. The fans followed are artists Skip Harvey and Eric Henson, designer Holly Conrad, collector James Darling and Mile High’s Chuck Rozanski. 2010 was a pretty good year to decide to make a con movie—they had the face-hugger fans everywhere and security was particularly tight, both events shown in the trailer.
The trailer looks decent enough—but we’re genetically inclined to watch this movie so don’t go by us. The poster is a bit…generic and uncredited, but we’ll forgive everything for the Rozanski-as-Kenobi head floating over it all.
UPDATE: here are the tour dates thus far. More will be added:
April 5th – Atlanta, Cobb Energy Center http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/
April 6th – Orlando, UCF Arena http://www.ucfarena.com/
April 7th – Miami Beach, The Fillmore Miami Beach http://fillmoremb.com/index
April 12th – Rochester, Rochester Dome Arena http://www.fairandexpocenter.org/
April 13th – Albany, Palace Theatre http://www.palacealbany.com/
April 14th – Philadelphia, Girard College http://www.girardcollege.edu/page.cfm
April 15th – Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre http://oakdale.com/index
April 19th – Cincinnati, Taft Theatre http://www.tafttheatre.org/
April 20th – Chicago, Rosemont Theatre http://www.rosemonttheatre.com/
April 22nd – Detroit, Fillmore Detroit http://thefillmoredetroit.com/index
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.