Vendome Pictures cooks up El Bulli
Drama to be based on world-famous Spanish chef Ferran Adrià [pictured] and his restaurant elBulli, which closed in 2011.
Vendome Pictures has announced that it has come on board to produce and finance El Bulli, a film mixing fact and fiction based on world-famous Spanish chef Ferran Adrià and his restuarant elBulli, which he closed in 2011.
David Wilson - who most recently adapted The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros - has written the screenplay, which is inspired by Lisa Abend’s book The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià’s elBulli. Vendome Pictures’ CEO Philippe Rousselet will produce the film along with Jeff Kleeman and John Lesher.
Vendome is currently seeking a director with plans to commence production this year.
Rousselet commented: “We are excited to be a part of this film and to work with an innovator like Ferran who has revolutionised cuisine by creating his own genre of food. We look forward to attaching a director to this film that will be able to capture the adventure of training in this iconic restaurant.”
“Honesty, passion, creativity, freedom, risk and sharing. This is the spirit of elBulli and this film is a tribute to the 2,000 individuals who passed through the restaurant during its 25 years who participated in creating this spirit,” added Adrià.
El Bulli will be set in the final year of the restaurant and will mix fact with fiction to offer an inside-the-kitchen look at the intense passion, creativity and tedious work unfolding nightly.
In 2014, elBulli will re-open as the elBullifoundation, a center dedicated to culinary creativity and innovation.
Vendome’s president of production, Guy Stodel, and VP of production and development, Sarah Schweitzman, will oversee the project on behalf of Vendome.
Wilson is represented by Field Entertainment and The Gersh Agency.
elBulli was most recently featured in Gereon Wetzel’s documentary El Bulli: Cooking in Progress.