Posts Tagged ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’

Goodnight Om Puri

Friday, January 6th, 2017

RIP dear friend. I know you’re going to give another outstanding performance in your next role.


Defying the Terror

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

UnknownIn this time of angst, when civilization seems so perilous, it is particularly pleasing to celebrate my latest publisher, Zodyak Kitap of Turkey, coming to the fold. I hope the Haji family and Madame Mallory do particularly well in Turkey and Zodyak Kitap is justly rewarded.

Come Dine With Me

Thursday, July 24th, 2014



Come dine with me, in my favorite Indian restaurant in New York, proceeds to go to the wonderful homeless charity BRC, with a signed book and film poster thrown into the pot. To bid for the meal, please go to

The Hundred-Foot Journey Club

Monday, January 20th, 2014


“A hundred-foot journey begins in that moment when you bravely drop what is familiar and cross over into a new realm that is far out of your comfort zone. It is a profound journey, however small in physical distance, that materially changes the course of your life for the better.”


That’s the intro to a new club I have created. The idea is simple.

Anyone who has made or dreams of making a hundred-foot journey can join. My goal is to build a community of like-minded people who understand that even the smallest events and initiatives can transform one’s life for the better. If you have a hundred-foot journey story you’d like to share, please write it up or make a short video and send it to me. Every month my team and I will pick the tale we find most moving, and, upon anointing our hundred-foot honoree, will send them a signed copy of The Hundred-Foot Journey book. I look forward to hearing from you.

To learn more or submit your story, visit my new website, The Hundred-Journey Club, and visit our regularly updated page on Facebook.





Japan Joins the 100-Foot Family

Monday, October 21st, 2013

tra_other_img01My new sub-agent in Japan, the famous Tuttle Mori Agency, just held an auction for the rights to The Hundred-Foot Journey. The  winner of the bidding was the Japanese publishing house, Shueisha, which publishes everything from comic books to Proust in Japan.

Kangei – welcome – or 歓迎.

That brings the publishers worldwide of The Hundred-Foot Journey to a robust 25 houses.

Helen Mirren in The Hundred-Foot Journey FIlm

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

It’s official. Dame Helen Mirren (Madame Mallory) and the fast-rising Manish Dayal (Hassan Haji) join the cast of The Hundred-Foot Journey film due out August 8, 2014. I am a lucky fellow. The wonderful Lasse Hallstom is directing; the screenwriter is Steven Knight, while the producers are Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. Rather good bones, as they say. But who will play Papa?

Helen Mirren to go The Hundred Foot Journey
Helen Mirren to go The Hundred Foot Journey. Helen Mirren is to star as Madam Mallory in The Hundred Foot Journey due out in August 2014. Dame Helen Mirren is to star in The Hundred Foot Journey. The 67-year-old actress will portray the unusual and 
Helen Mirren to Star in DreamWorks Drama ‘The HundredFoot Journey
Hollywood Reporter
Lasse Hallstrom will direct the film, which kicks off when an Indian family moves to southern France and opens an Indian restaurant 100 feet across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant. A culinary battle ensues between the two that 

Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal join The HundredFoot Journey
Screen International
In The HundredFoot Journey, when an Indian family moves to Southern France and opens an Indian restaurant a hundred feet across the street from a Michelin starred French restaurant, a culinary battle ensues between the two. Production will begin in 
Helen Mirren & Manish Dayal To Star In ‘The HundredFoot Journey
Flicks and bits
Various sources are reporting that Helen Mirren will play Madame Mallory in the Lasse Hallstrom-directed (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules) drama ‘The HundredFoot Journey,’ an adaptation of Richard C. Morais’ novel about the rivalry between an Indian 

Helen Mirren Joins The HundredFoot Journey
The Lasse Hallstrom-directed DreamWorks’ culinary movie The HundredFoot Journey has added the first two names to its cast, one an Oscar-winning actress, the other a virtual unknown, as the trades are reporting that Helen Mirren has been cast in one of 
Helen Mirren – Helen Mirren To Star In The Hundredfoot Journey Movie
British actress Helen Mirren has been cast in a Hollywood adaptation of author Richard C. Morais’ bestselling book The HundredFoot Journey. The Queen star will appear alongside rising actor Manish Dayal in the culinary-themed drama, about an Indian 
TOLDJA: Helen Mirren Set For DreamWorks’ ‘The Hundred Foot Journey
Helen Mirren The Oscar-winning actress will be starring in The Hundred Foot Journey, DreamWorks Studios officially announced today. Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr first reported in early June that Helen Mirren was circling the project to play eccentric and 

‘90210’s’ Manish Dayal to Star Alongside Helen Mirren in DreamWorks’ ‘The 
Manish Dayal, a star of the CW’s “90210” reboot and AMC’s “Rubicon,” will take the lead role in DreamWorks’ “The HundredFoot Journey,” the studio announced on Monday. Helen Mirren also will star in the film, which had been previously reported but just 
Helen Mirren Joins Oprah- and Steven Spielberg-Produced ‘The HundredFoot 
The film, based on the novel by Richard C. Morais, stars Mirren as Madame Mallory, an eccentric, renowned chef of a three-star Michelin restaurant whose life is turned upside down when an Indian family moves to her small town in southern France and 
Helen Mirren to Star in DreamWorks’ ‘JOURNEY
Broadway World
Helen-Mirren-to-Star-in-DreamWorks-JOURNEY-20130701. Variety reports that Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal have signed on to star in DreamWorks upcoming drama THE HUNDREDFOOT JOURNEY, based on the novel by author Richard Morais.
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Lasse Halsstrom is directing this adaptation of Richard Morais’ novel about a culinary rivalry between two French and Indian restaurants.…/helen-mirren-and-manish-dayal-join-t…
Mirren joins HundredFoot Journey – IMDb
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TOLDJA: Helen Mirren Set For DreamWorks’ ‘The Hundred Foot 
From Yahoo! Movies: The Oscar-winning actress will be starring in The Hundred Foot Journey, DreamWorks Studios officially announced today. Deadline’s Mike…/toldja-helen-mirren-set-dreamwork-hun…
Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal Set to Make ‘Journey‘ for  – Variety
Low ‘Big Brother’ Tops Anemic Sunday for the Broadcasters. Helen Mirren and Manish Dayal are set to star in the DreamWorks pic “The HundredFoot Journey,”…/helen-mirren-manish-dayal-dreamworks-12005…
Helen Mirren will star in Dreamworks’ ‘The Hundred Foot Journey 
Helen Mirren has officially signed on to star in Dreamworks’ ‘The Hundred Foot Journey,’ which is being co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.…/helen-mirren-will-star-dreamworks-hu…


Hundred-Foot Journey Audio Out

Saturday, October 20th, 2012


The audio of The Hundred-Foot Journey, beautifully read by the classically-trainned actor, Neil Shah, is finally out. The recording is made by Blackstone Audio, the firm that also made the award-winning audio recording of Buddhaland Brooklyn that was read by actor-director, Feodor Chin.

All we need now is the movie.

But, either way, it looks like it’s time to start writing again.


Thursday, April 26th, 2012

 Jenne Casarotto, based in London, is one of the world’s top film and theater agents. Casarotto represents the cream of British writing and directing talent through her agency, Casarotto Ramsay  & Associates. Her clients include theatrical lions like Sir David Hare, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Christopher Hampton and the estates of Tennessee Williams and Raold Dahl. Through her agency Casarotto Marsh, Jenne Casarotto supplies the film industry with top behind the scenes tech talent. Six degrees of separation. Casarotto’s affiliate agency in Los Angeles represents the academy award winning costumer designer, Yvonne Blake, who happens to be the sister of Juliet Blake, the talented producer who got my first novel, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, into active film production. Such a small world – when you are amongst The Luvvies, as the English call film and theater types.

This is all a very big wind up to say, Jenne Casarotto very rarely takes on books directly, so I am very lucky and privileged she has picked up BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, my novel about a repressed Buddhist priest getting published by Scribner in the US on July 17. Jenne Casarotto will be representing my novel’s film rights, as co-agent with my primary agent, Richard Pine of InkWell Management.

The last time Casarotto Ramsay and InkWell joined forces like that on a book they produced something called THE DESCENDANTS, the academy award winning film written and directed by one of my all time favorite writer-directors, Alexander Payne, and starring, of course, the always watchable George Clooney.

As Reverend Oda might say, “I see. How interesting.”

Which is, of course, an absolute rave.

Roberta Rubin, one of America’s finest booksellers, gets top prize

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
One of the finest booksellers in the country is Roberta Rubin and her Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Ill. It was Roberta’s sheer passion for THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, way before everyone else in America, that helped put my little book on the map. It is she who got The Hundred-Fooot Journey on the prestigious IndieBound list.
          I owe her so much – as do many other writers across the nation. So imagine our delight when Publisher’s Weekly just named her and the Book Stall, PW’s Bookstore Of the Year.
           Way to go, Roberta!

Aussies on Board for Buddhaland Brooklyn

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

One of the finest publishers I came across when The Hundred-Foot Journey started its rollout across twenty-one territories around the globe, was Australia’s much-respected independent, Allen & Unwin. The firm was voted Australia’s Publisher of the Year in 2011.

I am not surprised Allen & Unwin got it’s 10th industry hat-tip. I found that right off the bat, everyone from Allen & Unwin’s managing director, Patrick Gallagher, to its charming publisher, Annette Barlow, put their weight behind my tale of the Haji family and powered my little book right through the bookshops of Australia.

It was seriously impressive to watch these publishing pros at work. What they accomplished with my novel in Australia and New Zealand speaks for itself, including the fact that Scribner in the US and Alma in the UK dropped their own The Hundred-Foot Journey covers to adopt Allen & Unwin’s stunning design. That’s the sincerest form of flattery.

So imagine my delight when I learned Allen & Unwin have signed up for round two of the Morais merry-go-round. My Australian publishers are publishing BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN in September of this year.

Woohooo! That means all my publishers in the US, UK, and Aus/NZ have come back for seconds – a huge vote of confidence, for which I am very grateful. Life can indeed be very good.

May they all be handsomely rewarded.

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