When he’s not traveling the world filming his hit travel show Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain loves cooking up new creative ventures like comic books and documentaries. And now, it looks like Bourdain and his collaborators at Zero Point Zero Production are venturing into the realm of scripted entertainment.
While speaking on a Produced By NY panel this weekend with his producing partner Lydia Tenaglia, Bourdain hinted at a new scripted project, while also mentioning that he really enjoyed working on David Simon’s HBO show Treme several years ago. Earlier this fall, in a chat with Eater, Bourdain also said that he was tinkering with “a fiction/dramatic/comedic/melodrama thing.” A rep for Zero Point Zero tells Eater that, in a break from Bourdain’s previous projects, this new endeavor will not be a food-related. Stay tuned for more details on this new Bourdain project as they become available.
In other Bourdain news, the author/TV host also spoke this weekend about how he and his producing partners once turned down a lucrative opportunity because they did not feel comfortable working with the unnamed power player offering the deal. Making a sly reference to Harvey Weinstein, Bourdain said this “would have been a slow-acting poison that would have nibbled away at our souls until we ended up like Quentin Tarantino, looking back at a life of complicity, shame and compromise.” Bourdain has been very vocal on social media about his disdain for Harvey Weinstein, who allegedly raped his girlfriend Asia Argento many years ago and sexually abused dozens of other women over the last three decades.
Check out more highlights from Bourdain’s Produced By NY panel — including the reason why he’ll never do a barbecue show — over on Variety.