Eddie Murphy Becomes “The Cook”

One of the more unusual cinematic pairings was announced the other week – “Driving Miss Daisy” director Bruce Beresford is teaming with comedian Eddie Murphy for a serious dramatic film which begins shooting next month.

Now, Empire has some more details about the project which is entitled “Cook”. Murphy plays a chef hired by a dying man to cook up some meals for his girlfriend and daughter after he dies.

Samuel L. Jackson was originally slated to star in the role but had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. Susan McMartin (“Californication”) wrote the script while Mark Canton (“300,” “Immortals,” “Escape Plan”) will produce.

Canton tells the mag: “It’s a great screenplay. It’s a small story – a true story – of a family and a guy who comes into their lives. You have to come up with either really great big franchise driven movies or little character driven movies. Those are the two businesses to be in. I’m in both. You don’t like to be caught in the middle.”

Canton says the film is one of those movies that aims to show a major star doing more dramatic material than we’re used to seeing them in: “Everyone now wants to do what Matt McConaughey did, so we’re financing these movies when we think they’re put together the right way. This will be Eddie Murphy like you’ve never seen him. Of that I can assure you.”