Anthony Bourdain's Graphic Novel Is Being Turned Into An Animated Series

By Brad Nash
18 June 2019
Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations
Think Love, Death & Robots, meets No Reservations

The world had a horrific final reminder of Anthony Bourdain's darker side when the chef tragically took his own life almost a year ago to the day.

It was a moment that shocked the dual worlds of food and entertainment to the very core, and one that left people stunned despite the fact that much of his own art — from the writing in his travel shows to his previous career as a professional chef — laid his demons out bare for pretty much all to see.

Bourdain's internal struggles routinely manifested in incredible art, appreciated by thousands and earning him a place in culinary folklore as one of its most esteemed, celebrated and beloved figures. And a series of graphic novels released shortly after his death were testament to that fact.

Entitled Hungry Ghosts, the project was a collaboration between Bourdain and graphic novelist Joel Rose and perfectly laid out Bourdain's penchant for displaying the more twisted nature of our relationship with food and the wider world that surrounds it. As such, it was incredibly well received, and as many bemoaned, as a final farewell from Bourdain himself, far too short.

For those who have since resigned themselves to watching re-runs of Parts Unknown on Netflix though, there's good news on the horizon: Sony Pictures Animation, the same studio that brought Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to life, are going to give Hungry Ghosts the same treatment, bringing it to life in the form of a a "frightening, hilarious, twisted, and culinary-inspired" series.

According to Deadline, the series will be an anthology of Ghost Stories, and "each episode will range in tone and will look completely different from the last, taking advantage of various forms of animation to best fit each story." So basically Love Death and Robots with food instead of tech. The show has plenty of dark story material to draw upon. Some of the stories cooked up by Bourdain include a rich man obssessed with eating horses and a dinner party that summons demons.

Sony used the same event to announce that they've also signed up to reboot anime-inspired adult animated sitcom The Boondocks, which upon its 2005 release garnered critical acclaim and ire in equal measure for its biting satirical take on modern American society. Original creator Dan McGruber will also return to be involved with the project.

A release date for both animated series is yet to be announced.

Via GQ Australia