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FILM: “The Kitchen”
DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Bros.
DIRECTOR: Andrea Berloff
PRODUCERS: Andrea Berloff, Jason Cloth, Michael De Luca, Aaron L. Gilbert, Elishia Holmes, Marcus Viscidi
WRITERS: Andrea Berloff (adaptation), Ollie Masters (Comic)
CAST: Elisabeth Moss, Domhnall Gleeson, Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, Margo Martindale, James Badge Dale, Common, Jeremy Bob
SYNOPSIS: The wives of New York gangsters in Hell’s Kitchen in the 1970s continue to operate their husband’s rackets after they’re locked up in prison. (IMDB)
SCHEDULED RELEASE: August 9th, 2019
Based on Ollie Masters‘ comic book, (from DC Comics no less) “The Kitchen” looks quite promising. For her debut film, Andrea Berloff has assembled a robust cast, marrying comedic chops and dramatic prowess in her female leads. Hot off the awards campaign for “Can You Ever Forgive Me,” Melissa McCarthy is back as an unlikely ringleader in a world of crime, joined by actresses Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish. Both are great assets in completely different ways. Moss is known primarily for her dramatic roles, and Haddish excels at adding comedic relief. It’s clear director Andrea Berloff plans on doing is bringing well-rounded female characters to the screen. In a previous interview with the LA Times, she said, “I didn’t want to just stick a gun in their hands and make them ‘tough girls’.” While “The Kitchen” is Berloff’s first feature, Berloff has enjoyed success as a screenwriter. The filmmaker was previously nominated for her work on 2016’s “Straight Outta Compton.”
What’s most exciting about “The Kitchen” is the film allows women to take charge, and prove they can do whatever men can, and maybe even do it better. If films like “Widows” taught us anything, it’s that audiences are starved for more female-led action films. With the entire premise of “The Kitchen” following wives of New York City’s mobsters as they take over their husbands roles, the film is sure to draw fans of these women and a fascinating story.
The greatest concern in any adaptation is its faithfulness to the source material. While the comics have a darker, grittier edge, on the surface the “The Kitchen” appears to integrate a more comedic element. The film’s outcome will depend on how well those two elements merge. If the film upsets comic book purists, it could mean a long road ahead for the film’s publicity. For viewers going in without knowledge, it may not entirely ruin their experience.
We’re looking forward to seeing the route that Andrea Berloff decides to take in her first feature. How do you think it will turn out?
POTENTIAL AWARDS CATEGORIES IN PLAY
- Motion Picture (Andrea Berloff, Jason Cloth, Michael De Luca, Aaron L. Gilbert, Elishia Holmes, Marcus Viscidi)
- Director (Andrea Berloff)
- Actress in a Leading Role (Melissa McCarthy)
- Actress in a Supporting Role (Elisabeth Moss)
- Adapted Screenplay (Andrea Berloff)
- Production Design (Shane Valentino)
- Cinematography (Maryse Alberti)
- Costume Design (Sarah Edwards)
- Makeup and Hairstyling (To be announced)
POTENTIAL KEY NOTICES FROM OTHER GROUPS
- Best Performance by a Cast Ensemble (SAG Awards): The cast is full of favorites and award-winning actors and actresses. The guild will take notice.