Front Row nabs Spurlock's Bin Laden docu
Morgan Spurlock’s still-in-the-works docu about the search for Osama Bin Laden — done apparently in a comic vein — is proving a hotter ticket in the Mideast than even “Fahrenheit 9/11.”
Dubai-based distrib Front Row, who also repped Michael Moore’s Bush-bashing opus, has fought off strong competition from local rivals to land rights to release Spurlock’s peculiar take on terrorism across the region. France’s Wild Bunch was the sales agent.
Although Front Row execs wouldn’t reveal the pricetag, they did confirm it was lofty.
“We’ve paid more for it than we did for ‘Fahrenheit,’ ” said Front Row’s Gianluca Chacra.
He added: “This is only the second ddoc that will be released theatrically in the region. I think it’s a thought-provoking movie that could play well.”
Spurlock’s project has been one of the most buzzed about at the Berlinale.
The Weinstein Co.’s Harvey Weinstein had set the ball rolling by picking up the doc for North America late Saturday night.
Front Row have also snapped up a new laffer from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star and scribe Nia Vardalos. It’s about the misadventures of a tour guide in Greece, titled “My Life in Ruins.”