Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Not everything needs a TV version

Here's a thought I had while reading and enjoying Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential: "Dude, who actually thought this could be made into a TV sitcom? This one section alone mentions drugs, blowjobs and machine guns."

I'd previously read that Onion A.V. Club interview with Bourdain, where he mentioned that he didn't put much stock in the attempt to dramatize his book:
Better writers than me have been smashed on the wheel when their work went out to Hollywood. Unlike me, they drank the Kool-Aid. So when people were telling me all along that it was going to be a David Fincher picture and star Brad Pitt, I never believed it. I always figured it would be a David Hasselhoff vehicle or something. So in the end, I was happy to see a reasonably entertaining half-hour sitcom about some smart people. Like I said, it was over fast. I feel a sense of relief that I emerged unscathed from the experience.
I'm amused by the idea of Fincher and Pitt doing a film version; did whoever floated that idea just think of the restaurant stuff in Fight Club? At least Bourdain got paid, and I don't begrudge him getting paid, and the sitcom (I see from the IMDb listings; I never watched the show) at least gave some work to actors I've liked like Buffy's Nicholas Brendan and Harold and Kumar's John Cho. Still: huh?

P.S. I mentioned this last night to slipjig (while I was on the phone with him and his girlfriend rafaela) and his comment was "Hey, they made M*A*S*H into a sitcom."

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