I was just thinking to myself the other day why isn't there a documentary on the life of Anthony Bourdain? Well, here it is. Roadrunner will premier at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 11th, and in theaters on July 16th. It will also be available on HBO Max and CNN at an unspecified date. The film will be narrated by Anthony Bourdain using all unused voiceovers from his vast collection of on-screen work. The film will also contain never-before-seen footage from his shows as well as home movies from Anthony's personal catalog.
I don't think I've been this excited to see a movie in a long time. Like he did for many, Anthony Bourdain inspired me to try and live a life of adventure and exploration. When I got my first job in a restaurant kitchen at 15 the first thing I was told was to read his book Kitchen Confidential. From that moment on my perspective on food and life shifted. If you haven't read it, even if you're not a cook, I highly recommend it. It gives you a fascinating inside look as to the crazy life he lived before becoming the star we all know, from eating his first oyster in France to his time as a chef, from his struggles to his successes, the book will have you captivated from cover to cover.
Anthony Bourdain is one of the best storytellers of our time. His ability to connect with people from all walks of life and share their stories and culture with the rest of the world is something I don't think will ever be duplicated. He made everyone watching feel like they knew him personally. It is a tragedy we lost him so early. I can't wait to watch this documentary, the last unseen footage of Anthony Bourdain, a man whose aura will live on forever.