Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken” is close to sealing a worldwide acquisitions deal with YouTube Red.
A sequel to his namesake McDonalds takedown documentary “Super Size Me,” the Google-owned entity will pony up $3.5 million for the rights, an individual familiar with the deal said.
The package could be lucrative for young YouTube Red, the insider added, as the filmmakers will take the $3.5 million free-and-clear fee for a six-month exclusive window. From there, they’ll split half of all other revenue (SVOD, international rights) with the streaming service.
Reps for YouTube Red and the film’s sales agent did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Spurlock directs, stars in and produced the doc with Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin, where instead of targeting existing fast food franchises, he actually opens his own.
Spurlock raises his own livestock, makes handshake deals with food distributors, plans his own menus and attempts to build a brand. All of this elbow grease is coupled with exposing the marketing and murky farming systems of his monied fast food competitors.
The filmmakers also explore the “Orwellian buzzwords” used to market junk food in a health-conscious culture.
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