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Back to 'Swingers': Favreau's Indie Pic 'Chef' Goes to Open Road

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2013 at 6:35PM

Jon Favreau has swung from hefty to skinny and back again, from indie to studio, original to sequel. Now yet another Marvel director is taking a studio vacation via indie production. The "Iron Man" director has returned to his "Swinger" roots, Joss Whedon-style, with "Chef," which he wrote, directed and stars in. Open Roads has picked up U/S rights to the film which starts shooting this July in Los Angeles for release on May 9, 2014.
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Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau has swung from hefty to skinny and back again, from indie to studio, original to sequel. Now yet another Marvel director is taking a studio vacation via indie production. Favreau joins the ranks of actor-filmmakers, from Ben Affleck to Brit Marling, who write and create projects for themselves to star in, keeping costs low and under the studio radar. 

The "Iron Man" director has returned to his "Swinger" roots, Joss Whedon-style, with "Chef," which he wrote, directed and stars in. Open Roads has picked up U.S. rights to the film, which starts shooting this July in Los Angeles for release on May 9, 2014.

Favreau went to Cannes to pre-sell foreign rights to the film which is financed by Aldamisa Entertainment, "Chef" also stars Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, and yes, "Iron Man" himself, Robert Downey. Jr.

In “Chef” Feavreau plays Carl Casper, who loses his pressured at a tony restaurant chef job and sets up his own food truck business, hoping to find his cooking mojo. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.

Producers are Karen Gilchrist and Aldamisa's Sergei Bespalov. 

This article is related to: Open Road Films, Jon Favreau, Chef


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.