'Super Size Me' Director Cooks Up FX Reality Deal

Fri Mar 19, 3:14 AM ET
By Andrew Wallenstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The FX cable channel has ordered a pilot for "30 Days," a reality series from Morgan Spurlock, the director and star of the fast-food expose "Super Size Me."

"Days" plants an individual for 30 days in a completely different lifestyle, whether religious, economic or ethnic. For instance, a wealthy person would discover what it's like to be poor, or a prosecutor would try a 30-day prison sentence. Spurlock will have an on-air role in the pilot.

He won the directing award in the documentary film category at the Sundance Film Festival for "Super Size Me," in which he risked his life to eat exclusively at McDonald's for a month. The film (http://www.supersizeme.com) opens May 7.

"Days" was the subject of a bidding war that included at least one broadcast network, sources said. As part of his deal, Spurlock also will get a blind script commitment from FX that could potentially lead to his first scripted venture. The series also marks a return to television for Spurlock, who got his start at MTV with his series "I Bet You Will."

FX has not had much success in the unscripted arena to date, with failed efforts including "Todd TV" and a short-lived Friday programming block.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter