This article was updated on Feb. 11, 2007.
The Weinstein Company has picked up North American rights to Morgan Spurlock’s top-secret new project.
Spurlock, the filmmaker who fed the world “Super Size Me,” is making a movie about the hunt for Osama bin-Laden. Little is known about the pic, though insiders say it’s apparently comic in tone.
No acquisition price was disclosed for the Weinstein Company deal.
Cinetic’s John Sloss and Wild Bunch, who are peddling the pic in Berlin, held a screening Friday evening of footage from the doc.
About 50 acquisitions execs queued up to enter the theater, and were presented with a draconian nondisclosure agreement to sign before they were allowed to set foot inside.
“Basically, it said they are going to kill me, my company and my family if I say anything at all about this,” said one usually forthcoming U.S. buyer with a shiver that wasn’t due to the icy Berlin wind.
“It was shocking — the agreement, not the footage,” one Brit said.
Only one suggested the obvious caveat: Were the Americans to actually capture bin Laden, the doc’s tone might sound a bit off.
(Steven Zeitchilk contributed to this report from New York.)