Jon Favreau’s next film has secured distribution. The Iron Man director’s upcoming comedy Chef has been acquired by Open Road Films, which will release the pic on May 9, 2014. Favreau wrote the script and will both direct and star in the film, which centers on Carl Casper, a man who starts up a food truck business in the hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise after he loses his job as a chef, all the while trying to reconnect with his estranged family. Favreau will play Casper alongside an impressive supporting cast that includes Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, and Robert Downey Jr.
Chef marks a return to smaller character-centric films for Favreau after his recent blockbuster turns with the first two Iron Man films and Cowboys & Aliens. Production on the pic is set to begin next month in Los Angeles, and the comedy will be opening one week after Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and one week before WB’s Godzilla on that May release date. The only other film currently slated for release on May 9th—Mother’s Day weekend—is Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
OPEN ROAD FILMS ACQUIRES “CHEF” – WRITTEN BY, DIRECTED BY AND STARRING JON FAVREAU
FINANCED BY ALDAMISA ENTERTAINMENT, “CHEF” ALSO STARS SOFIA VERGARA, SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JOHN LEGUIZAMO AND ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. AND WILL HIT THEATERS MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND – MAY 9, 2014
Los Angeles, June 12, 2013 – Open Road Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Jon Favreau’s rich and vibrant comedy “Chef.” Financed by Aldamisa Entertainment, “Chef” is based on an original screenplay by Favreau, who will direct and star in the movie. “Chef” will also star Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Robert Downey, Jr. Open Road Films will release the movie nationwide Mother’s Day Weekend – May 9, 2014. The deal was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and Sergei Bespalov, Co-Chair and Co-CEO of Aldamisa Entertainment.
“Chef” is the story of Carl Casper (Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in hopes of reestablishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.
Producers are Karen Gilchrist and Aldamisa’s Sergei Bespalov. Production begins in July 2013 in Los Angeles.
“Led by the wildly talented Jon Favreau, this is a very exciting project with a fantastic script and a truly incredible group of actors,” stated Ortenberg. “We are thrilled to be in business again with Aldamisa and to add this project to our 2014 slate.”
Stated Bespalov, “It’s very exciting to begin production on this witty and charming project with its terrific cast, led by the multi-talented Jon Favreau.”
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg, General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Operations and Business Affairs, and Ben Cotner, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for “Chef,” brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. The deal was negotiated on behalf of Aldamisa by COO Jere Hausfater and Philip Elway.