Morgan Spurlock fired as director of docuseries about LeBron James’ school
Embattled filmmaker Morgan Spurlock has been removed as director of an upcoming docuseries from LeBron James’ production company about the opening of the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s school in Akron, Ohio.
“SpringHill Entertainment will be canceling its production agreement with Morgan Spurlock and Warrior Poets,” the company said in a release, via Cleveland.com. “We will continue moving forward to tell the important story of the I Promise School.”
The planned docuseries about I Promise School was described upon its announcement as a look at “the first-year trials of working within the local public school system to build a unique educational environment for children who are falling behind and fighting uphill battles every day.”
James, who referred to the opening of the school as the most important thing he’s ever done, praised Spurlock’s involvement when announcing the project.
“Being able to create this school to specifically meet the needs of these kids and their families means everything to me. There are so many kids and families struggling, and we want this school to be a safe, positive place that helps them stay on the right track to earning their educations,” James said in a statement. “Having SpringHill Entertainment and an amazing filmmaker like Morgan Spurlock here to document this process is huge.
“We believe we’re changing the mold with the I Promise School, and we’re excited to have that story be told by people who understand the importance of what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Spurlock, best known for his documentary “Super-Size Me,” finds himself embroiled in a controversy after admitting to sexual misconduct in his past in a confession posted this week to his social media accounts.
Production on the docuseries was expected to begin soon. However, with Thursday’s announcement concerning Spurlock’s dismissal, things could be delayed.