Friday, May 18, 2012

Anthony Bourdain's Culinary Caper Bone in the Throat to be Filmed

Bone in the Throat by Anthony Bourdain

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's 1995 culinary caper Bone in the Throat will be adapted for film.

Announced today in Cannes, Graham Henman will direct a screenplay he co-wrote with Mark Townsend. In contrast to the Manhattan setting of the book, the film will be set in London.

"With the exception of a few gems, Hollywood has been deficient in making a good restaurant film," said Henman. "With Bone in the Throat I am looking forward to doing just that and setting the film in London will allow me to take advantage of a city where the food scene is simply on fire. This film will capture my passionate love of food and the restaurant world in what I expect to be a riveting 'culinary noir.'"

Bone in the Throat is one of two mysteries written by Bourdain. (The other is Gone Bamboo, published in 1997.) The storyline follows up-and-coming chef Tommy Pagana, who settles for a less than glamorous stint at his uncle's restaurant in Manhattan's Little Italy when he unwittingly finds himself a partner in big-time crime. And when the mob decides to use the kitchen for a murder, nothing Tommy learned in cooking school has prepared him for what happens next. With the FBI on one side, and his eccentric wise guy superiors on the other, Tommy has to struggle to do right by his conscience, and to avoid getting killed in the meantime.

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