The fallout from Morgan Spurlock’s public confession of sexual misconduct earlier this week continues. The documentary maker has been dropped as an executive producer of Showtime’s upcoming five-episode docu-series The Trade, which will have a world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, followed by a Feb. 2 debut on Showtime. The move follows Spurlock’s exit from his production company, Warrior Poets, in the wake of the controversy.
The Trade spotlights the opioid crisis through the eyes of the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement hopelessly caught in its web. It’s directed and executive produced by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land). The Trade is a joint production of Warrior Poets and Heineman’s Our Time Projects. In addition to Heineman, Warrior Poets’ Jeremy Chilnick, who has been running point at the company, Pagan Harleman, Matthew Galkin and Ethan Goldman also serve as executive producers.
Since Spurlock’s stunning admission, his Super Size Me 2 has been dropped by YouTube Red and pulled from Sundance, while TNT has suspended production on the unscripted series Who Rules the World (working title), with co-producers, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pretty Matches and Refinery29, severing ties with Spurlock. The Devil We Know filmmakers also have distanced themselves from Spurlock.