• Hot rumor via E! that Joss Whedon and Morgan Spurlock are teaming up to make a documentary following three hopeful San Diego Comic-Con attendees on a journey that will, no doubt, change them forever.
“They want to follow people for about three months leading up to this year’s Comic-Con,” the source said. “And then they want to film them there. They’re looking at all types of people.” Whedon and Spurlock did not immediately comment for this story. Spurlock is no stranger to the annual summertime San Diego event. He was there last year scouting out Simpsons superfans for a documentary coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Matt Groening’s animated series. As for Whedon, he’s Joss Whedon! Need we say more?
We can’t wait for the scene where the kids sit and dial the phone and hit refresh n their computers for hours at a time, breaking down in tears over ending up with a $300 a night hotel room near Sea World.
To be fair, the hotel room reservation system for San Diego Comic-Con is working much differently this year, and there may be less frustration.
• Not rumored but announced, Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch will direct and produce, respectively, a documentary about the history of DC Comics:
The reason is at last week’s Sundance Film Festival, the two filmmakers told me they’ve just started work on a documentary about the history of DC Comics! While they just started rolling cameras last week, they said the plan is to premiere the movie at this summer’s Comic-Con. And if you’re nervous they’re doing this without the support of DC, Welch told me:
“DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this. Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they were kids and remain comic book enthusiasts. So yes, we have access to their archives, their material, their covers, their panels, the creatives and the executives in the DC world.”
Perhaps the Spurlock/Whedon film will contain footage of their protagonists watching the Blitz/Welch movie!
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.