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More than a year after news that an elBulli movie was brewing, the film has finally landed a producer and screenwriter.
Vendone Pictures has stepped up to the plate to finance the film about Spanish chef Ferran Adria and elBulli, the restaurant that made him famous. The film will be called El Bulli and be based on the book The Sorcerers Apprentices, a Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adria's elBulli written by Time Magazine journalist Lisa Abend.
Screenwriter David Wilson has been tapped to adapt Abend's book, which offers a glimpse into the daily life of the cooks and trainees who worked at elBulli. Back in 2009, Abend spent six months at the restaurant documenting the lives of the 32 chefs who were selected among 3,000 applicants to work grueling 14-hour days under the watchful eye of Adria.
Although the film will be based on Abend's work it will be a mix of fact and fiction depicting the last season at elBulli, which closed in 2011. During its 25-year stretch, the restaurant earned three Michelin stars and topped the world's 50 best restaurants list a whopping five times. The restaurant is currently being transformed into the elBulli Foundation, which will serve as a hub for culinary creativity.
Adria, whose only condition for the movie was that it be based on Abend's book, said of the film: ''Honesty, passion, creativity, freedom, risk and sharing. This is the spirit of elBulli and this film is a tribute to 2,000 individuals who passed through the restaurant during its 25 years who participated in creating this spirit.''
The film's debut is scheduled for 2014 to coincide with the opening of the elBulli Foundation. There's no word yet as to who will play the famous Spanish chef. Who would you like to see play Adria? Tell us in the comments below.
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