Imagine Documentaries and CNN Films have partnered with the filmmakers behind Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning RBG to produce a film about the life iconic celebrity chef Julia Child.
The documentary feature tentatively titled Julia will tell the story of the groundbreaking cookbook author and television personality (pictured), exploring how Child changed the way Americans think about food, TV and women.
Using never-before-seen archival video, personal still photos, first-person narratives, and food cinematography, Julia will follow Child’s unlikely rise and the path to her publishing her 1961 classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking and becoming an iconic success story for women in entertainment.
RBG producers/directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen are set to direct and produce the film alongside Imagine Documentaries’ Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein. Executive producers include Imagine Entertainment chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Imagine co-chairman Michael Rosenberg, CNN Worldwide EVP for talent and content development Amy Entelis, CNN Films SVP Courtney Sexton and Oren Jacoby of Storyville Films.
“We couldn’t be more honored to be working with two of the most exciting filmmakers in the doc business, along with Amy and Courtney at CNN Films, in telling the story of such a beloved icon,” said Wilkes, Imagine Documentaries’ president, in a statement. “Julia’s palette looms large in today’s culinary landscape, yet few know the full story behind the gastronomic legend.”
“Betsy, Julie, and Imagine Documentaries are perfect partners for an exploration of the consequential life of Julia Child,” said Amy Entelis, on behalf of CNN Films. “Even people familiar with her story will be surprised at her multidimensional contributions to American culture and culinary history; the film will also reveal her lesser-known, quiet heroism during some of the world’s most tumultuous times.”
Julia is the first feature-length project devoted solely to Child, and it is being produced with the full cooperation of Julia Child’s friends, family and the Julia Child Foundation.