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Interview: Writer & Director Steven Knight On 'Locke,' Tom Hardy & Future Projects Including 'Eastern Promises 2'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 3, 2014 3:25 PM
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 Steven Knight On "Locke," Tom Hardy,
One of the chief pleasures of the Göteborg International Film Festival, aside from the charming Swedishness of it all (particularly fond of the helper whose novel take on the “switch off your f*cking phone” message was to implore us not to forget to turn our phones “back on, the second you leave”), is the quality time we get to spend with our interview subjects. One of or most enjoyable meetings this time out was with screenwriter Steven Knight, whose fascinating sophomore directorial outing “Locke,” (our review from Venice is here) played the festival. Here are the fruits of our wide-ranging conversation with the “Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Peaky Blinders” writer (who also—random trivia—devised and originally pitched “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”), including his thoughts on writing for TV vs. film, his crowded upcoming slate and lots about “Locke” ...so we should probably give a little background.

Jon Favreau's 'Chef' To Open SXSW 2014, 'Veronica Mars' & More To Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 3:00 PM
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Jon Favreau, Chef
Film festivals come in all shapes and sizes, from the high brow Cannes Film Festival to the much more audience participation friendly Fantasia to the meeting place between the public and stars like TIFF. But few have the breezy, BBQ-soaked spirit of the SXSW Film Festival. And with things kicking off in Austin in just over two months, the first wave of titles have been announced.

Kevin Costner Books 'Midnight Delivery' For Guillermo Del Toro, Dustin Hoffman Cooks Up 'Chef' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 16, 2013 1:02 PM
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Looks like Kevin Costner is following up his performance as Pa Kent in “Man Of Steel” with another patriarch role, only this time as the focal point in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced thriller “Midnight Delivery.” According to THR, Costner is in talks to star as a father who must become a drug mule in order to save his estranged daughter from a Colombian gang. The del Toro and Neil Cross scripted draft had Costner saving his son but we suppose the plot’s similarity to this year’s Dwayne Johnson-vehicle “Snitch” forced the change. We’re not sure exactly when the film will end up appearing in front of cameras since TV helmer Brian Kirk jumped ship for the Keanu Reeves-starring “Passengers.” Perhaps co-writer Cross, himself a veteran of TV with BBC’s “Luther,” can step in?

Scarlett Johansson Joins Jon Favreau's 'Chef' As Michelle Williams & Marion Cotillard Circle Rival Bradley Cooper Pic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 11:25 AM
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The culinary arts and filmmaking don't seem to go together that often. You get the occasional great picture set in the restaurant world -- "Big Night" and "Ratatouille" spring to mind -- but more often than not, you end up with films more like "No Reservations" when you try to put cooks on screen. But now, chefs are suddenly the new, uh, Snow White, with two big names gearing up rival foodie-related pictures, to the extent that legal issues may be brewing over their titles.

Robert Downey Jr. Cooking Up Indie 'Chef' With Jon Favreau

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 8:25 PM
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So, when is a little indie project not really a little indie project? When it features mega-star Robert Downey Jr. And while it might not boast explosions or CGI, Jon Favreau's next film just got a high wattage actor on board.

Bradley Cooper Enlists 'Chef' John Wells For New Cooking Drama

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 2, 2013 6:52 PM
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John Wells, Bradley Cooper
The story of “Chef” is rather complicated, but let’s have a go at it. And before we get there, do not confuse this with the very-similarly sounding “Chef” project that Jon Favreau is now attached to. Written by “Eastern Promises” screenwriter Steven Wright, “Chef,” is a cooking comedy/drama that’s been in development for some years. It interested David Fincher and Keanu Reeves for a while a few years back, but the project never gained enough traction (Fincher’s short attention span went elsewhere). Owned by the house of Weinstein, Bradley Cooper became involved in the lead after Harvey Weinstein figured their “Silver Linings Playbook” went swimmingly well (Oscar noms for Cooper, over $100 million domestically, etc.). Cooper then tried to enlist his “Place Beyond The Pines” director Derek Cianfrance, and while he toyed with the idea of making it his next film, the “Blue Valentine” filmmaker eventually decided it was not for him (you can read about that in our interview with him here).

Jon Favreau Cooks Up Indie Project 'Chef'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2013 3:01 PM
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Who would've thought the earnest, awkward young man who self-destructed while leaving a phone message for a girl in "Swingers" would eventually become one of the key players in the "Iron Man" franchise, create a contemporary Christmas classic with "Elf," and helm blockbuster stuff like "Zathura" and "Cowboys & Aliens." Well, no one really thought that. But with his gig on the musical "Jersey Boys" falling to the wayside (Clint Eastwood is now eyeing it), the filmmaker is returning to his indie roots.

Derek Cianfrance Won't Direct 'Chef' With Bradley Cooper & Omar Sy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2013 1:33 PM
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A few months ago, word surfaced that freshly minted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was hoping to reteam with his director on the upcoming "The Place Beyond The Pines" (our favorite film of last year's TIFF), Derek Cianfrance, on a project known as "Chef." In development for years, the script by "Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight, follows a drug-addled chef who moves his restaurant from Paris to London in order to capture a three-star Michelin rating and once upon a time, it was set to team the unlikely combination of director David Fincher and Keanu Reeves.

'Intouchables' Star Omar Sy May Cook Up 'Chef' With Bradley Cooper & Derek Cianfrance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2013 3:16 PM
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As we learned from the whole Lance Armstrong/J.J. Abrams/Bradley Cooper affair, even direct quotes can be dodgy these days, but this one comes from Cooper himself -- spoken in French no less while doing promo in France -- so we presume no wires have been crossed. And it looks like the actor's teaming up with Derek Cianfrance could get some international flavor.

Bradley Cooper Looking To Reteam With Derek Cianfrance For Former David Fincher Project 'Chef'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 6:31 PM
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With the glut of projects being hawked at the American Film Market, it's not a surprise that sometimes little things, like details, are left on the side of the road. So this morning when it was reported that The Weinstein Company had the sales rights to "Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight's "Chef" (or "Untitled Chef Project" depending on who you ask), without much else, we figured it was par for the course. But thanks to a heads up from an eagle-eyed reader (thanks jtm!), there is much more than meets the eye on this.

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