Nearly 30 years after Oprah Winfrey made her big screen debut in director Steven Spielberg’s drama “The Color Purple,” the two titans are reuniting to produce a film that’s quite different from what you might expect from either of them. It’s called “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais, and it’s a story of cultures clashing, forbidden love, and food. And while the story of an immigrant family from India who moves into a small French town across from an esteemed restaurant with an iron-willed chef (played by Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren) may seem outside Winfrey’s wheelhouse, she said it spoke to a common thread in her work.
Richard Morais’ novel The Hundred Foot Journey tells the story of an Indian family that has opened an Indian restaurant across a Michelin-starred French restaurant in Paris. The subtext of immigration and French xenophobia is integrated into the tale of culinary clashing. A forthcoming movie version of the novel has Helen Mirren in a central role.