On August 10, NBC’s “The Today Show” premiered exclusive footage of the first look at “Burnt,” the new film starring Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones, a chef whose ego had previously propelled him to new heights and taken his life and to all-new lows in just a matter of months.
The film is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment, in association with Double Feature Films and PeaPie Films (distributed by the Weinstein Company in the USA), and the movie title, so it’s said, is the third one on deck. Originally entitled “Chef,” executives were concerned that it might be confused with the 2014 movie “Chef,” starring Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. So, how the film was ever considered to be entitled “Chef”—2015 style would be a mystery.
Second choice for the film title was “Adam Jones,” name of Bradley Cooper’s character, but what would the sense be there? If you’ve watched decades of television programs featuring world famous chefs forever, you might well remember Graham Kerr as the Galloping Gourmet, who added wine to every dish it seemed. Then there was Miss Julia Child as “The French Chef,” who loved wine, and some food to go with it.
If you also recall Gordon Ramsay, who served more whine than wine, on “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Emeril Live” with Emeril Lagasse, then you may well call yourself a “foodie” in good standing. And these chef’s names are so well known that they can well be called simply by their first names to be known, e.g., Graham, Julia, Gordon, and Emeril. But you wouldn’t know Cooper’s “Adam Jones” from, well, Adam. The story is by Michael Kalesniko and Steven Knight; Knight also wrote the screenplay.
Unless you are a trivia expert, you may not recall that Knight was a co-creator of the favorite television show, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” but he is, as well as being a veteran author (his book, “The Movie House” was well received). He’s received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, “Dirty Pretty Things,” “a tense tale of illegal immigrants and refugees surviving in a twilight London.” Steven Knight can capture attention, to be sure. The Guardian also noted that he wrote a commissioned play, “The President of an Empty Room,” described as “a tale of voodoo, heroin and tobacco set in Cuba.”
So, “Burnt” the movie title became, and “Burnt” it is, and likely the box office will be set on fire come this October. Check out the video from “The Today Show” and you’ll see Cooper introducing the film.
Will his new restaurant get that third Michelin star? Oh, who cares? It’s a new film starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Alicia Vikander, and Matthew Rhys. What are you waiting for? Mark your calendar now for October 23 for the film’s slated debut.