Morgan Spurlock to Direct ‘Simpsons’ Special

by | July 13, 2009 at 2:26 PM | TV News

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock will produce and direct “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice” which will air Thursday, January 14 on FOX.

The documentary special will be the momentous conclusion to the “Best. 20 Years. Ever.,” a year-long global celebration of ‘The Simpsons’ that launched in January 2009 and culminates on the 20th anniversary of the series’ debut.

In “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice,” Spurlock has been charged with examining just what has made ‘The Simpsons’ the iconic show it is after 20 seasons.

“When they first called me about this, I thought it was a prank and I hung up,” said Spurlock via a press release. “And then my agent called back and said, ‘No, no, this is for real,’ at which point I fainted. Then when I woke up, I called everyone I knew because it was the coolest thing I could ever get to do in my career.”

Spurlock’s first feature-length documentary, Super Size Me, won the Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and was nominated for an Academy Award the following year.