Just 3 years after his death, Anthony Bourdain’s life will once again come to life in the documentary ‘Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain’ a story about the life he lived, the people he met, and how he rose to the top.
The first trailer was released by Focus Features, and the film has been directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, known for his work of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbour,’ and ’20 Feet From Stardom.’
HBO Max had first announced the documentary back in October of 2019, and it now has a release date of July 16th, 2021. The film follows Bourdain in a behind-the-scenes look from his start at restaurants in New York, to travelling around the world, writing, and meeting humbling people who create amazing food, while being told by Bourdain himself.
Bourdain was known for his wit and humility, having written many cookbooks including ‘Kitchen Confidential’ and having his own tv which sadly ended in 2018. Bourdain left the kitchen in 2013 when he started filming ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’ where it followed Bourdain around the world exploring food, cultures and dining rituals.
The tv show was widely popular and had aired its last episode on November 11th, 2018, after Bourdain had committed suicide in his hotel room in France on June 8th, 2018. Toxicology reported that Bourdain did not take any substances, but it was known that Bourdain dealt with substance abuse in his younger years.
As news of his death is still shocking today, each year Bourdain is missed more and more. Just as the 3 year anniversary of his death is around the corner, the drop of this trailer brings ease to a lot of Bourdain fans and friends.
The trailer starts with a quote “You’re probably going to find out about it anyway- there’s no happy ending.” In Bourdain’s narrative, he talks about himself as the ‘antidote’ showcasing that he himself is a bad boy chef while everyone else is cute and cuddly.
With many clips following his life from stardom to his last steps, this documentary gives insight into how Bourdain was not just a chef, he was a man who lived to tell stories and learn about people, he was a neverending adventurer who always wanted to learn and do better.