Writer Gives Thanks for Eddie Murphy, Bruce Beresford

ShutterstockEddieMurphy2010Journalists-slash-screenwriters, please take note. In turkey dinner terms, it is possible that great script you just finished polishing will not hear the cry of “Action!” until Thanksgiving 2025.

By way of proof, we point you to a recent blog post by former Patch columnist and current Mom sitcom staff writer Susan McMartin. The film Cook, inspired by her family life experiences, started production today:

To say it’s been a long ride to get here is an understatement. I wrote the screenplay, Cook, when my daughter was just a little over two-years-old.

She’s going to be 13 in a month.

During those intervening years, Samuel L. Jackson was attached to the project not once but twice. Last Wednesday came the table read for a film that now has Bruce Beresford directing and Eddie Murphy starring.

McMartin has been keeping readers informed on the movie’s progress via her personal website. Below, a brief plot synopsis from IMDb.

Cook tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother inherit a cook – Mr. Church. What begins as an arrangement that should only last six months, instead spans fifteen years.

Update (January 12):
McMartin has shared a whole bunch of photos from the production, which wrapped in the shadow of a ceremony Murphy has been nominated at five different times.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Studio City Patch Columnist Will Juggle Two and a Half Men
Patch Deletes Another Farewell Post
[Photo of Murphy at 2010 Tribeca Film Festival: Sam Aronov/Shutterstock.com]