Following the news from last June that New Line is to adapt Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle’s Vertigo series “The Kitchen,” The Hollywood Reporter has word that the project now has a director in the form of “Straight Outta Compton” co-writer Andrea Berloff.
According to THR, Berloff, who was originally slated simply to write the film’s script, brought a perspective to the project that impressed studio executives enough for them to entrust her with directing duties too. “The Kitchen” will be Berloff’s directorial debut.
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The choice of a female director would seem to be particularly appropriate for this 1970s-set story, which focuses on the wives of three mafia bosses in the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City, who take over the family business when their husbands are sent to prison. The women subsequently discover that not only do they enjoy the work, but that they are also very good at it, which raises the question of what will happen when their husbands eventually get released.
Speaking about her new role, Berloff is quoted, “I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to direct a film that is fiercely, unapologetically female-driven;” adding, “Having started my career as an assistant to [New Line co-founders] Eva and Bob Shaye, embarking on this journey with New Line is truly a surreal dream.”
“The Kitchen” will be executive produced by Sam Brown and Michael Disco for New Line, which, like Vertigo parent company DC Entertainment, is a division of Warner Bros.