Now that the elBulli-inspired movie is becoming more of a reality — the film got both a producer and a screenwriter this week — Ferran Adrià has some good news for elBulli obsessives. The Associated Press reports that the acclaimed restaurant will temporarily reopen later this year as Adrià trains the film's actors. The chef reveals that, yes, elBulli will be serving actual meals to actual guests during the training, too.
The potentially bad news is that while they're considering a lottery system for the general public to get reservations, it's also possible that "Adrià and movie executives could pick the diners." So if you're not close, personal friends with the Spanish chef or important movie people, maybe don't get your hopes up too high just in case. And it seems the decision has not yet been made whether to reopen the real elBulli or to hold these dinners at a Hollywood re-creation of the restaurant.
But producer Jeff Kleeman tells The Daily Meal that the plan is to shoot the movie in the Fall. He also talks about what they've changed from Lisa Abend's book The Sorcerer's Apprentices and why he's doing a fictionalized version of the story rather than a documentary. Though they're still looking for a director and a cast — got any ideas for who should play Adrià? — Kleeman says they're aiming to release the film in 2014.
· Spain's elBulli restaurant to reopen for lucky few [AP]
· Q&A: Producer Jeff Kleeman on 'EL BULLI' Movie [The Daily Meal]
· All ElBulli Coverage on Eater [-E-]