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.
Even if these "Chef" are not that great, I am still happy they are becoming a thing.
DAVIDPD on May 15, 2013
Eastern Promises writer Steven Wright....this one sounds amazing.
Xerxexx on May 15, 2013
What is up with Hollywood studios and competing projects, where is the originality these days?
Charlie Hard on May 15, 2013
Studios keep scripts on the shelf for years quite often even though they're really good, sometimes the numbers don't work out or there's scheduling issues so they have to be put on hold. Then a rival studio announces a similar project and it jogs the memory of the producers and they realize if they don't get their shelved script produced soon then they'll lose the millions they paid for the rights to it and risk it becoming redundant to the general public. They'll basically end up with a million dollar stack of papers so instead of letting it become obsolete they take their chances and compete with the similar project because it's their only choice. I know I've definitely had some film ideas and then I see an announcement and say "Hey! They stole my idea!" Now imagine that if you were a studio head who paid millions for an idea and the dude who you play golf with "stole" it. You'd rush to get yours into production first for sure...
Matt Peloquin on May 15, 2013
Plus, if the general conceits are similar that is less work the advertising agencies have to do to sell people on the movie.
DAVIDPD on May 15, 2013
I say give the supporting role to Omar Sy and give the female lead to Michelle Williams...that woman is so hot!That's hotness you need in the kitchen right? ...geddit? Sy is really hot (geddit again?)in France so it would make more (tasting) sense!
Michelle Williams is hot! on May 15, 2013
I think the writer's name is Steven Knight.
movieguyryan on May 15, 2013
Well the plots are different enough that a name change should do the trick. As said, Chef is too generic anyways. I'm looking forward to the Favreau one.
zengrrl on May 15, 2013
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