Bollywood is cooking up a remake of Chef, Jon Favreau’s 2014 indie movie about a hotshot culinarian who reconnects with his roots and his son by starting his own food truck.
Abundantia Entertainment, Eros International, and Alumbra Entertainment are producing the new film, the companies announced Wednesday, and Saif Ali Khan will star. A director has yet to be named.
Favreau wrote, directed, and starred in the original version, which represented a back-to-basics project for the filmmaker of such big-budget action movies as Iron Man 2 and Cowboys & Aliens. (His next movie is Disney’s hybrid live-action/animated adaptation of The Jungle Book.)
Released in the U.S. by Open Road, Chef earned favorable reviews and grossed $31 million at the domestic box office on a modest $11 million budget. Eros International will distribute the Hindi-language remake.
“I’m delighted to see Chef get an Indian remake,” Favreau said in the announcement. “I’m excited to see how this personal film translates to the Indian culture. The themes of food, music and family should resonate well.”