FOX has recruited Oscar nominated director Morgan Spurlock to produce and direct “The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D on Ice.”
The documentary special, focusing on the cultural phenomenon of “The Simpsons” and culminating the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut, will air on Thursday, Jan. 14 on FOX.
Astute “Simpsons”-philes may know that Jan. 14, 2010 is the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the show’s “Bart the Genius” episode, which counts as the series premiere if you consider “Simpsons Roasting on a Open Fire” to be a Christmas special, rather than an actual episode.
Kudos to FOX for the inspired editors’ addendum to the press release, which reads “Please note the special is neither in 3-D nor on ice.” That’s both reassuring and somewhat disappointing.
Spurlock? Not disappointed.
“When they first called me about this, I thought it was a prank and I hung up,” says Spurlock in the 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 feature documentary credits include the wildly successfully “Super Size Me” and the gneerally unsuccessful “Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?” He’s no stranger to the greater News Corps family, having done multiple seasons of the docu-series “30 Days” for FX.