Comic-Con Episode IV — A Fan's Hope to open in limited release on April 6 — UPDATE

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
April 6th – Orlando, UCF Arena
April 7th – Miami Beach, The Fillmore Miami Beach
April 12th – Rochester, Rochester Dome Arena
April 13th – Albany, Palace Theatre
April 14th – Philadelphia, Girard College
April 15th – Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
April 19th – Cincinnati, Taft Theatre
April 20th – Chicago, Rosemont Theatre
April 22nd – Detroit, Fillmore Detroit


  1. AndyG says

    This movie is not for me or anyone that’s been going to Comic Con since the days when it was about comics.

    However, I’m sure there’s a whole generation that will enjoy this. Doubtless, they’re the ones sticking around after Walking Dead to catch Comic Book Men.

  2. says

    Hey! Just want to give everyone a heads up that more information on the movie and tour dates can be found on the website and on twitter at @comicconmovie.

  3. Jollyrancher120 says

    The Atlanta show was cancled less than 6 days from tickets going on sale.

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