Following on from the world premiere of his debut feature Sacred Heart at the Shanghai International Film Festival in June 2016, independent director Kosta Nikas has teamed with producer Mike Wilcox for the romantic comedy Crooked Chef.
Wilcox, whose credits include The Year of Living Dangerously, Razorback, The Last Frontier, The Delinquents, and Lilian’s Story, called the script one of the best he’s read in the last 20 years, adding, “I’ve been following Kosta’s work for a while now and quite frankly I am not surprised. He can write across any genre on any topic. I’ve been in the game for a while now and I know a great script when I read one!”
According to Nikas, the project has been gestating since 2007, when it was first conceived as a TV series.
“I sent an unsolicited package to networks and got a phone call from the late Caterina de Nave, former SBS Commissioning Editor who invited me to a meeting and said she loved the project and wanted to proceed, subject to budget approval from above. It didn’t proceed, so I moved on with other projects and later in 2012/2013 began writing a feature version of the concept,” he says.
Casting will be announced shortly, and Crooked Chef is expected to commence principal photography in Sydney next June. In the meantime, a teaser poster will have to tide us over: