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Daniel Kaluuya to Write Dystopian Thriller Film The Kitchen for Netflix

According to Variety, Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and The Black Messiah) will be making his feature writing debut on the upcoming dystopian thriller film titled The Kitchen, with Top Boy star Kane Robinson and newcomer Jedaiah Bannerman attached for the leading roles. Production is expected to take place in London and Paris.

“In 2011, I was in my barbershop and there was a guy boasting about smash and grabs — kids doing million-pound heists in a minute, getting paid £200 to do it. I saw the potential to unlock a unique story door to the inequality, fatherhood, class, joy, resilience, courage, defiance, and care of London,” Kaluuya said in a statement. “Now, nearly a decade later, Kibwe Tavares, Daniel Emmerson and I are about to start production, immersing ourselves in a dystopian London that interrogates what ‘care’ means, at home and as a society, and the dangers in our future if we stay indifferent to everything around us. I feel blessed and honored that my first co-writing film credit is with this inspiring group of creatives, and with the support of Film 4 and Netflix.  All of us are excited to watch Kibwe’s incredible, cinematic, electric vision come to life, and to create a moment that audiences want to take with them.”

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The Kitchen will be directed by Kibwe Tavares in his feature directorial debut from a screenplay co-written by Kaluuya and Joe Murtagh, based on an idea by Kaluuya, Tavares, and Daniel Emmerson. Described as a futuristic dystopian drama, Robinson and Bannerman are set to portray the respective roles of Izi and Benji.

“‘Set in London, 2044, the film tells a future where the gap between rich and poor has been stretched to its limits,” reads the synopsis. “All forms of social housing have been eradicated and London’s working classes have been forced to live in temporary accommodation on the outskirts of the city, The Kitchen is the first and the largest of its kind, it’s London’s last village harboring residents that refuse to move on and move out of the place they call home. It’s here we meet Izi, a resident of the kitchen who is desperately trying to find a way out, and 12-year-old, Benji, who has lost his mother and is searching for a family. We follow our unlikely pair as they battle to survive in a system that is stacked against them.”

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The Kitchen is executive produced by Kaluuya for 59% Productions, Michael Fassbender and Conor McCaughan for DMC Film, David Kimbangi, and Ollie Madden, with Theo Barrowclough producing.

The film is scheduled to make its debut on Netflix in 2023.


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