Bradley Cooper Leading Another 'Chef' Project at Weinstein Company
by Ethan Anderton
May 15, 2013
Hot on the heels of news that The Avengers co-stars Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson would reteam with their Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau for his indie Chef, there's some slightly troubling news of another project with that very same title. This other Chef has been in the works for a little longer with The Weinstein Company backing the project from Eastern Promises writer Steven Wright with August: Osage County director John Wells now at the helm. Now Deadline has word from Cannes that Bradley Cooper has formally agreed to star in the film, and there's a small battle brewing over the title confusion overseas.
First of all, Wells' film is about a Paris chef named Adam Jones (Cooper), who destroys his wunderkind status by way of his own out of control behavior. After getting clean and sober, he returns to Paris and attempts to redeem himself by taking over a top restaurant with the potential to gain three Michelin stars. It will be a return to form for Cooper since earlier in his career he led the short-lived Fox comedy series "Kitchen Confidential" with John Cho and John Francis Daley. In addition, Michelle Williams and Marion Cotillard are currently circling the project for the female lead role, and rising star Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X-Men: Days of Future Past) is also looking to nab a supporting role as well.
The problem now is that there are too many chefs in the kitchen (comedy!). Sony Pictures, who controlled Chef before handing it over to The Weinstein Company, has sent a cease and desist letter to Fairview Entertainment and Jon Favreau for them to find another title. The issue is that both of the projects are up for grabs at Cannes, and there's some confusion for buyers with them both in play under the same title. Sony and The Weinstein Company seem to have the upperhand since they cleared both The Chef and Chef as titles with the MPAA, so Favreau will likely have to budge and change his title. It will probably work out in his favor since it's quite the generic title anyway.