The writer and director of The Disaster Artist, M. Night Shyamalan, was one of the few filmmakers who dared to tackle food in a story that is often called “food porn.”
But he says he thinks that’s just a sign that the food industry is still trying to “get its act together.”
Shyamala’s film, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, is based on a novel by John Updike and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Lopez, and others.
It is about a man who has a crush on a woman who has been working at a food service company.
The man eventually discovers that his crush has a very important secret.
“I’ve never done anything like this,” Shyamalia says.
Shynamala has written and directed about 50 movies. “
But I’ve never had a story, nor have I ever been asked to do a story like this before, and I’m not sure it’s worth it.”
Shynamala has written and directed about 50 movies.
“You can have a good, nuanced movie about food and eat it up,” he says.
And while some food writers may be tempted to stick with a formula, Shyamalas advice is to stick to writing stories that tell a story.
“The only time I’d ever seen anything like that in a movie was with David Cronenberg’s The Fly,” he said.
“There was a scene where the guy who runs the restaurant gets in the kitchen and eats a bowl of noodles and then goes and takes out the food.
And then there’s a scene when the waiter takes out a bunch of napkins and puts them in the dishwasher.
It’s just really, really, just really stupid.”
You can read Shyamalla’s full essay here.