The filmmakers behind the Oscar nominated “RBG” are cooking up their next project. Betsy West and Julie Cohen, who directed the powerful and engaging documentary on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, will be helming a documentary feature on the beloved TV cooking legend, Julia Child.
As reported exclusively by Variety, West and Cohen will be chronicling the life of Child, the well regarded French chef and her life that led to the 1961 publication of her best-selling book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and the fame that came with her television show, “The French Chef.”
From the Variety exclusive:
“She was larger than life, literally,” West told Variety days before flying to France to conduct interviews for the film. “She was 6’2” or 6’3” and kind of clunky in a way, but also totally self-confident and funny and authentic, and people really responded to it.”
“When Betsy and Julie told us what their next project would be, I leaped out of my skin,” says Amy Entelis, exec VP for talent and content development for CNN Worldwide. “Julia Child had been a hero of mine for many years. I was a Julia Child groupie. I went through her book, recipe by recipe.”
“Everybody is a foodie, everybody can be a foodie, and everybody appreciates good food,” says Imagine Documentaries VP Sara Bernstein. “It’s the perfect time to make a movie about Julia.”
West and Cohen’s 2018 doc, “RBG,” produced by CNN Films and distributed by Magnolia Pictures, was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song for Diane Warren’s “I’ll Fight.” The feature won a Primetime Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. “‘RBG” grossed over $14 million at the domestic box office and even struck a BAFTA nomination for Best Documentary.
West and Cohen also promise food to be the centric focus in their Julia Child documentary, saying its food cinematography will be something unlike what has been seen. The co-directors will also be producing the film in association with Imagine Documentaries president Justin Wilkes and executive VP Sara Bernstein.
Principal photography for the feature is expected to wrap up next year. Carla Gutierrez, who worked on “RBG,” will be editing the project. The current working title for the documentary is simply, “Julia.”