Dignity Film Finance will adapt celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain's first novel for the big screen
Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain is already a star on the small screen. Now his work will wind its way to the multiplex.
Dignity Film Finance, a Los Angeles-based production company headed by Maggie Monteith, unveiled a slate of three films her company is financing and producing in 2012.
One of them is an adaptation of Bourdain’s bestselling novel “Bone in the Throat,” to be produced by Lenny Beckerman and Peter Heslop, who co-produced “The King’s Speech.”
Bourdain is best known as a chef and the author of non-fiction, food-related books like “Kitchen Confidential” and “No Reservations.” The latter is also the name of his Emmy Award-winning show on The Travel Channel.
However, he has also penned three novels, the first of which was “Bone in the Throat.”
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The mafia caper doesn’t exactly leave the restaurant world, as it follows a chef caught between the mob and the law. The book was set in New York City, but director Graham Henman and co-writer Mark Townsend have moved it to London.
"With the exception of a few gems, Hollywood has been deficient in making a good restaurant film. With “Bone in the Throat” I am looking forward to doing just that and setting the film in London will allow me to take advantage of a city where the food scene is simply on fire,” Henman said in a statement. “This film will capture my passionate love of food and the restaurant world in what I expect to be a riveting ‘culinary noir.’”
Dignity's other two films are "Spy vs. Stu," a buddy action flick, and "Closer to Fine."