Briefing: Morgan Spurlock's Indiscretions Keep Columbus from Humiliation

Dave Ghose
Morgan Spurlock

If it weren't for Harvey Weinstein, 2018 might have been a bad year for Columbus on the silver screen.

Last summer, muckraking documentarian Morgan Spurlock played an elaborate prank on the city. The maker of Super Size Me created a phony chicken restaurant in a former Wendy's on Schrock Road and tricked everyone from local reporters to the Columbus Chamber into believing it was the real deal. His actual intent, as it was eventually revealed, was to highlight the shady marketing practices of the fast-food industry for his latest movie, Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken! And in Columbus, Spurlock seemed to find plenty of rubes willing to believe fried chicken is good for you.

But before that cinematic humiliation could make it to multiplex, an unforeseen obstacle got in its way. The Hollywood sexual misconduct scandal, sparked by a New York Times investigation of Weinstein, engulfed people all over the entertainment industry. And rather than wait for a reporter to discover his misdeeds, Spurlock admitted to a history of misconduct and resigned from his production company.

The confession damaged Super Size Me 2, which was pulled from the film festival circuit. Now it's unclear when—or even if—the movie will be released. When asked in February about the status of the movie, the film's publicist, Marian Koltai-Levine, said in an email there were “no updates regarding release at this time.”