Posted on Wednesday, January 9th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Last month I posted an article about the growing buzz behind Morgan Spurlock‘s Super Size Me follow-up Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?, where our faithful documentary filmmaker goes in search for the most wanted man in the world. A comment from the film’s director of photography, Daniel Marricone added fuel to the fire, telling the press that Spurlock “definitely got the holy grail.” Our article took off to all corners of the internet, linked on MSNBC, and eventually making its way into print publications. Spurlock’s film is probably the biggest hyped movie of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and everyone wants to know:
Did Morgan Spurlock find Osama?
We Have the Answer!
Today I received an anonymous e-mail from someone in Utah claiming to have seen the documentary. While this is not confirmed, everything this spy has told me adds up perfectly with what I have been told about the project thus far.
We’re usually not ones to post end of film spoilers, but I’m confident that this spoiler will be all over the place after the movie premieres next week. So if you want to know the answer, continue after the jump!
The main premise of the film is that Spurlock’s girlfriend is going to give birth to Spurlock’s baby in 8-weeks, and the filmmaker supposedly wants to find Osama and make the world safer for his kid (I’m sure some of this is tounge in cheek). My source tells me that Spurlock could have gotten really close to Bin Laden, but “…it’s hard to say.” In the documentary, Spurlock travels to the middle east and meets with “a lot of people with whom Osama grew up with.”
“At the end of the movie, he is about to go into the Tribal Area of Pakistan, where a huge sign says no outsiders allowed, you will be shot. He thinks about his kid and decided to turn around.”
But just because Spurlock didn’t find Osama doesn’t mean this film is stinker. My source says this movie is worth seeing.
“It’s a funny movie, and it shows crazy footage. He basically goes in the middle east and finds out why everyone hates America. It does offer a interesting look in the middle east, a different view that Americans haven’t seen before. But no Bin Laden.”
So there you have it. Again, this is not confirmed. Expect more on Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden? in our Sundance coverage next week.