Oscar(R) Nominated Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock Options New York
Times Best Seller 'THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE' by Author
Chris Mooney
    NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award(R) nominated filmmaker and
acclaimed television director/producer Morgan Spurlock has optioned the New
York Times best selling book, "THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE," by author Chris
    In the book, Mooney ties together the disparate strands of the attack on
science into a compelling and frightening account of the United States
government's increasing unwillingness to distinguish between legitimate
research and ideologically driven pseudo-science.  On a broad array of issues
including stem cell research, climate change, missile defense, abstinence
education and many others, Mooney shows how the extreme right wing position on
these issues flies in the face of overwhelming scientific consensus.  He
argues that these positions are the ideals born of a conservative dislike of
environmental, health and safety regulation, and at the extremes, of evolution
and legalized abortion.
    Published by Basic Books, "THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE" became a New
York Times bestseller this year and continues to create heated debate and
controversy among readers, researchers, critics and politicians.
    "There was a time when science was respected by politicians and government
officials and when the information obtained through unbiased scientific
exploration was used for the better of society," said Spurlock.  "Today, all
of that is being ignored, manipulated and/or used incorrectly to further
political agendas.  Now more than ever, we need the real answers to the big
    "I am excited that Morgan Spurlock is taking this project on," stated
author Chris Mooney, who is also Seed Magazine's Washington correspondent.  "I
feel that with his sensibility, he's the perfect filmmaker to capture the true
essence of this book."
    Spurlock will begin developing "THE REPUBLICAN WAR ON SCIENCE" in 2006
through his New York based production company Warrior Poets.  He was nominated
for an Oscar(R) earlier this year for his groundbreaking feature documentary
film, SUPER SIZE ME, and was the creator, director and subject of the
acclaimed FX TV Series 30 DAYS which became FX's top rated unscripted series
for 2005.  Spurlock recently executive produced the film CLASS ACT, which
details the elimination of arts programs in our nation's schools.  The film is
due to premiere in Spring of 2006.
    The deal was brokered by Jennifer Konawal of The Gersh Agency on behalf of
Morgan Spurlock and by Steve Fisher of Agency for the Performing Arts on
behalf of Chris Mooney.
SOURCE Warrior Poets

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