Production Begins on THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY Starring Helen Mirren

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DreamWorks announced today that filming is now underway in southwest France on director Lasse Hallström’s (Chocolat) adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Helen Mirren is set to play the aforementioned chef, while Manish Dayal (90210) will play the Indian boy.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and the film is being produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake.  The cast also includes Charlotte Le Bon and Om Puri, and the film is slated for release on August 8, 2014.  Hit the jump to read the full press release, which includes the official synopsis.

Helen Mirren Confirmed for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Manish Dayal to Co-Star

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Casting is firming up for DreamWorks’ adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey.  The film centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  When we first reported that Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) was going to direct, we learned that Helen Mirren was circling the role of the French chef Madame Mallory.  Now Variety confirms that Mirren has indeed signed on to star in the pic, with Manish Dayal (90210, Switched at Birth) set to play the Indian boy.

Hallstrom is directing from a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises), and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  DreamWorks recently dated the pic for release on August 8, 2014, so one expects filming should get underway either later this year or early next year.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

Disney Sets May 2016 and 2017 Release Dates for Untitled Marvel Films; INTO THE WOODS, ALEXANDER, PLANES 2, and More Dated

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Disney has announced a slew of release date debuts and shifts, along with a title for the Muppets sequel.  Briefly:

  • Two new untitled Marvel films have been set for release on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner has been set for release on October 10, 2014.
  • The star-studded musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and starring Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, will open on December 25, 2014.
  • The Muppets sequel has been titled Muppets Most Wanted.
  • The bestseller adaptation The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Oprah Winfrey, opens on August 8, 2014.
  • A presumed animated sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will hit theaters on July 18, 2014 in 3D.
  • Saving Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, now opens in limited release on December 13th before expanding wide on December 20th.
  • Director Brad Bird’s mysterious new film Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, has been moved up to December 12, 2014 from its previously announced December 19th date.

Hit the jump for more on Marvel’s newly announced projects.

Lasse Hallstrom to Direct THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY; Helen Mirren May Star

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Movies about chefs seem to be all the rage at the moment.  Bradley Cooper and Jon Favreau are currently prepping two separate films about professional cooks, both called Chef, and now Chocolat director Lasse Hallstrom has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel The Hundred-Foot Journey for DreamWorks.  The story centers on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France, with the eccentric French chef reluctantly forming a bond with the young Indian boy whose family owns the quaint Indian restaurant.  Casting has yet to be confirmed, but Deadline reports that Helen Mirren will be playing the French chef Madame Mallory.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay adaptation and the film boasts Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake as producers.  Hallstrom most recently helmed the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Safe Haven, but the Cider House Rules filmmaker certainly knows his way around a touching dramedy.  Hit the jump to read a synopsis for the book.

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