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Forgive The Vanity…

2012 June 14
by Mike

…but some exciting news: Movie rights to my Vanity Fair article about Rudy Kurniawan have been optioned by Level 1 Entertainment, a film production company. You can read about the deal here. Although my kids are now walking around the house wearing sunglasses, it is a long way from the printed page to a theater near you. But just having the article optioned is very flattering, and I’m eager to watch the film development process unfold.

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  1. April 9, 2013

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  2. Mark permalink
    December 12, 2012

    Are you writing a book about this saga as well?

  3. Jay H. permalink
    August 6, 2012

    I can’t believe Slate/Longform stiffed you in their article list. Should have listed either the VF piece (although the Wallace piece was decent, with different drunken JK anecdotes) or the fraud piece Slate published in their own space, duh…

  4. mauss permalink
    June 18, 2012

    Whao ! Toutes mes félicitations !

    And knowing your ethic about true facts and controls, I am sure it will be a real work outside any show-off. Do you have a lawyer to defend your point of view versus the director ?

  5. Robin permalink
    June 15, 2012

    Kudos! Do you think you could interview Rudy?

  6. June 15, 2012

    A terrific read. Wine is a hard topic to build drama around, but you certainly proved it possible. Hopefully this will become the Catch Me If You Can of wine movies. Would be interesting if you kept us updated on this blog about the internal development process – whether it makes it to the big screen or not, would be compelling. Oh, and: let’s do lunch!

  7. Matt In Chicago permalink
    June 15, 2012

    Nicely done. Now you can afford a Ponsot ’47 CStD to go with the DRC Romanee Conti ’49

  8. Jay H. permalink
    June 15, 2012

    Congrats Mike. Great piece in VF, regardless of what happens with the movie development.

    John Cho would be great to play Rudy, but you *know* if the movie gets made they’ll change him to a white guy. Bet a fake jeroboam of Petrus on it.

    Alfie Allen from Game of Thrones could play John Kapon, but he’d have to gain about 40 pounds.

  9. Jack Bulkin permalink
    June 15, 2012

    Jackie Chan holding a jer­oboam of Château Pétrus and toasting Rudy for his generosity. That’s Classic. Was Jackie Chan a member of the Deaf, Dumb, and Blind tasters Rudy duped? Oh that’s right that would be Allen Meadows, Robert Parker and Big Boy Rob Rosana.

  10. June 15, 2012

    Sinceras felicitaciones, Mike.

  11. Saúl permalink
    June 15, 2012

    Congratulations Mike! I enjoyed the image of Jackie Chan toasting Rudy in the article. I hope the story makes the big screen and becomes the Sideways of its time. I’m sure lots of interesting information will surface as the trial of Rudy approaches. It is definitely a compelling story

  12. Larry Kantrowitz permalink
    June 15, 2012

    awesome, I just hope when Hollywood gets it they dont ruin it like every film about wine so far. I hope it is a smash success..

  13. June 14, 2012

    Well done, Mike! I was about ready to write a scathing comment about your infrequent posting, and then boom, you drop that great piece in Vanity Fair. Just don’t forget about us lowly wine geeks back on the blog when you’re off popping bottles of Ace of Spades with your Hollywood chums on Jay-Z’s yacht at the Cannes festival next year….


    Bill Moore

  14. Bill Klapp permalink
    June 14, 2012

    Mike, no need for forgiveness. Your VANITY is FAIR enough, under the circumstances. This time. Only. By the way, I heard that they are looking at Jackie Chan for Rudy. And that the Parker cameo will be played by an exhumed, stuffed Orson Welles. Stuffed with Flannery’s 75-day aged prime rib caps and Russ and Daughters smoked fish…

  15. David F. permalink
    June 14, 2012

    Mike, any suggestions on who should play you in the movie? Rudy? Others?

  16. June 14, 2012

    Congratulations! You’ve told the story well and you’ve clearly got a great agent.

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