Earlier this week, we juxtaposed the stats of the upcoming John Wells-directed Bradley Cooper drama Chef with those of its cinematic doppelganger, the Jon Favreau-directed Robert Downey Jr. comedy Chef. Turns out RDJ won’t be playing the lead chef character, but rather a supporting role to Favreau’s leading man. (To recap, then: Jon Favreau is writing, directing, and starring in his Chef. Not bad, Happy.)
Bradley Cooper vs. Jon Favreau makes much more sense in terms of aiming for different markets. But that didn’t stop Cooper’s people (AKA Sony, who’s controlling production of Cooper’s Chef) from sending a cease-and-desist to Favreau’s people for ganking their name.
For the record: Cooper’s Chef was announced first, but won’t begin production until 2014, because Brad’s so busy with other projects. Favreau’s Chef was only very recently announced, but they got the ball rolling quickly, with such A-Listers as RDJ, Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale signing on for a July 2013 start-date.
Since both films are shopping for a spot at Cannes, all Sony wants is for Favreau’s production to change its title. Which like, we’re kind of blown away that “Chef” wasn’t just a working title for both of these productions to begin with. Let’s put our thinking caps on and come up with something a touch more creative, hmm, producers?
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