Adam Jones was 16 when he quit school and saved just enough for a one-way ticket to Paris. He wanted to be the best chef in the world. He is played by Bradley Cooper in John Wells new movie Burnt, and today we get its first trailer.The two minute trailer makes for a surprisingly substantial portion. Jones had it all until he lost it all. He spent his time 'sniffing, snorting, injecting' in Louisiana, borrowing heavily from the life of Anthony Bourdain it seems. And Bourdain's self-destruction isn't the only thing Cooper's character embodies. There is also the heavy artistry of Grant Achatz. Cooper doesn't just want people to come and eat at his restaurant, he wants them 'to be sick with longing'.
The film is written by Steven Knight, a man who knows how to weave a good story around a deeply flawed central character. Just watch Eastern Promises or Locke. John Wells has tow great dramas under his belt and seems to be building his repertoire.The film was previously titled Adam Jones, but them someone must have brightly mentioned the John Carter effect. So now it's called Burnt. It features a brilliant cast which includes Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Matthew Rhys and Emma Thompson in what we can only hope is the Anton Ego role. It will release on October 23rd and looks like it might even score Cooper his fourth Oscar nomination in as many years. Phil Wenneck must be so proud. 'Yes Chef!' he would've yelled.