EXCLUSIVE: Walt Disney Studios and Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets production company are developing Princess Of North Sudan, the tentative title for a film that amounts to a fairy tale based on a true story, about one father’s quest to make his daughter a princess. The film follows Jeremiah Heaton’s journey to claim a patch of land in the Kingdom of North Sudan in Africa’s Bir Tawil region, one of the last unclaimed territories on Earth. Heaton, a father of three who works in the occupational safety industry, takes on this expedition in an effort to make his 7-year-old daughter’s lifelong dream of becoming a princess come true. The land was between Egypt and Sudan, and he had to go there to claim it.
Spurlock will produce along with Richard Arlook of The Arlook Group, who also manages Spurlock.
Heaton trekked through miles of desert, and on June 16, 2014 — Emily’s 7th birthday — he planted the “Heaton Kingdom” flag, which was designed by his kids, in the soil in their new nation. When he came home to Virginia, he announced his daughter as “Princess Emily.” At the special request of his children, Heaton is currently working to establish positive relationships with neighboring nations of Sudan and Egypt by converting his newfound sovereignty into an ecologically and agriculturally sustainable nation where his family can live together and reign as the royal family.
It’s certainly a departure for Spurlock, best known for directing, writing, producing and starring in documentaries including Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. Spurlock, Warrior Poets, and Heaton are represented by CAA, and Spurlock and his production company are repped by Paul Brennan of 3B Law.