by: Madison Barnes
It’s recently been confirmed that COOK, the story of an unlikely life-long friendship, is rounding out its casting choices. Uma Thurman and Juno Temple are in negotiations to star in the film alongside acting vet Samuel L. Jackson. Evolution and Envision Entertainment are producing the independent film, and right now it’s still on track to start shooting this year.
The story follows Charlie, a young girl whose life is turned around when a new cook moves into her homee. The cook, played by Samuel L Jackson, teaches her about life and sees the young girl for who she is, amidst her parents constant fighting and her mother’s drinking problems. It seems like a touching story about an unusual friendship that grows into something neither person ever expected. The story is supposedly based on true events from the life of writer Susan McMartin, who herself befriended a cook at the tender age of 5.
McMartin has a big TV background, with stints as a staff writer on ‘Californication,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Gary Unmarried.” She also wrote the 1993 feature film “Son-in-Law,” about a girl bringing home a reckless college friend to pose as her fiancee (similar to “The Proposal”).
David Anspaugh was previously attached to direct, but pulled out late last year, leaving the position still unfilled. Lee Nelson, David Buelow, and David Tish are producing for Envision Entertainment, along with Brad Kaplan for Evolution. The project is scheduled to start shooting in September of this year in New Orleans with a budget of $8 million.