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David Fincher may be best known for dark, gritty films such as “Se7en,” “Fight Club,” and “Zodiac,” but the acclaimed auteur has actually been angling to direct a movie set in the culinary world for many years now, and may soon get a chance to bring his interest in cuisine to the big screen. Fincher, who was recently nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Director for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and is the subject of some rather intense Oscar buzz, is currently developing a film called “Chef,” with Keanu Reeves set for a starring role. And now he’s talking about the mysterious project for the first time to MTV News.
Though Fincher was once attached to a script for a film called “Seared,” which was based upon superstar chef Anthony Bourdain’s best-selling memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” “Chef” is something new entirely. “‘Seared’ was a defunct property at New Line,” the director told MTV News. “They decided to go ahead and make ‘Kitchen Confidential’ as a [television] series. This is an original script that’s very funny.”
So what can we expect from “Chef”?
“It’s good and chewy,” says Fincher, using terminology that could just as well be applied to delicious meal. “It’s like a celibate sex comedy if that means anything.”
A celibate sex comedy? That sounds like the opposite of Bourdain’s book, which included quite a bit of sex along with its insight into the inner workings of top restaurants.
Ultimately, Fincher’s interest in exploring the culinary world comes down to his immense respect for the artistry and craft of top chefs.
“It’s really about the creative process,” the filmmaker explained. “It’s truly an aromatic art-form, making food. I love that idea. And I love Keanu’s passion for that world.”