Morgan Spurlock provided the inside story on CNN series “Inside Man,” the 3D movie featuring British boy band One Direction and other upcoming projects in a Q&A Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show’s Variety Entertainment Summit.
The “Super Size Me” director disclosed that he struck a deal with CNN at a time while he was still involved in negotiations to produce another series for National Geographic Channel, which he characterized as a “long, arduous process,” in an interview with David Cohen, associate editor of features at Variety.
As Spurlock recounted, he was growing more and more disenchanted with the NatGeo project when CNN announced a deal with Anthony Bourdain to host his own series. He realized he would rather pursue an opportunity with the all-news network.
“The minute they announced the Bourdain deal, I said, ‘This is the kind of show I want to do,'” said Spurlock. “We were able to get a deal with them real quickly.”
“Inside,” which is scheduled to launch in a block with Bourdain’s show in April, will see Spurlock investigate interesting subcultures with his trademark wit.
Spurlock is shooting “Inside” with Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera, which he credited for being “very mobile and agile, which is important for a docu series. It looks cinematic.”
He acknowledged coming late to digital having spent most of his career shooting on tape. “But now, it’s completely out the window and antiquated,” he said.
Spurlock revealed that he was under consideration to direct films featuring Justin Bieber and Katy Perry, but that the deals didn’t materialize. But when he had the opportunity to do a documentary on the One Direction phenomenon, he jumped at the chance.
“These guys have gotten so huge in such a short amount of time — why?” he said, explaining his fascination with the boy band. “What makes them more special than any other people?”
Spurlock will begin shooting the doc with an Epic camera in Tokyo this weekend. He acknowledged that 3D is currently a choice best reserved for cinema exhibition, given what little traction the technology has had to date in U.S. homes. But he’s nonetheless future-proofing the project by shooting the concert footage in 3D with 4K cameras.
“Once they can crack that nut of having a true 3D experience where you don’t have to have those glasses or sit at a certain angle, it will become a conversation again,” he said.