Did Morgan Spurlock Find Osama Bin Laden?
The marketing gurus at The Weinstein Co. seem to be floating that story anyway:
Rumors are flying that filmmaker Morgan Spurlock of "Super Size Me" fame may have done what the United States government has failed to do for the last six years — find Osama bin Laden.
The speculation first began at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, where Spurlock showed a select group of potential buyers 15 minutes of footage from his new documentary, "Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?" The film follows Spurlock through the Middle East in his search for the elusive leader of al-Qaida. According to Slashfilm.com, The Weinstein Co. quickly snapped up the picture after seeing the clips.
Adding to the belief, Daniel Marracino, the film’s director of photography, is quoted in Variety, saying of the movie, "We’ve definitely got the Holy Grail."
Now, in a rational world it would challenge credulity that an indie filmmaker would succeed at a task that the US government had spent hundreds of billions to accomplish — and failed miserably. But given the fact that the administration has been running the country with all the efficiency one would expect in a bad Monty Python film for the past seven years, maybe not.
The film is due to premiere in Sundance. It’s not the absolute best marketing ploy to start raising people’s expectations that your product can’t hope to fulfill, but since the rumor is sure to raise the film’s profile stupider things have certainly been done.