Anthony Bourdain's Bone In The Throat Heading To Big Screen

By Sean O'Connell 2012-05-19 12:32:24discussion comments
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Writers often are advised to write about what they know, so when celebrity chef and world traveler Anthony Bourdain decided to write a fictional novel he cooked up a murder-mystery set largely in an Italian kitchen that involved mobsters, a top chef and the FBI. Now that story is heading to the big screen.

Titled Bone in the Throat, Bourdainís best-selling book has been picked up by the L.A.-based Dignity Film Finance and is being fast-tracked into production, according to THR. The Kingís Speech producer Peter Heslop will back Bourdainís book, which follows an up-and-coming cook named Tommy who takes a gig at his uncleís restaurant, only to find that the scene is peppered with sketchy Wise Guys. Amazon compares Bourdainís story to Priziís Honor, but weíre going to dial back any expectations until we start to see how this project shapes up.

The deal was brokered at the Cannes Film Festival. And while Bourdainís name attached to the project will be enough to lure a few moviegoers into theaters, the rest of us who donít normally watch the chef on television will need to wait and see who is cast in the picture, and who will helm from the directorís chair. In this era of superhero films and board-game adaptations, weíve been short-changed on decent Mafia movies. Who will step in and take Martin Scorseseís place as a competent crime-thriller director? This could be an excellent entracepoint for an up-and-coming gangster director. Letís see what decisions Dignity makes as Bone makes its way to our proverbial plate.
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