Billionaire’s Vinegar moves closer to splashing on the silver screen

What do you get when you cross Jurassic Park, Mission Impossible, the most recent Indiana Jones with a tale of fraud in fine wine? The apparent answer is: the movie version of The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine.

According to Variety, the superb wine book now has writer/director David Koepp on board the movie version. With those action movies under his belt, the odds of a chase scene in the movie now stand at 2:1. The main question is whether they will be running with bottles of 1787 Lafitte in hand.

When I previously posted about the book, I wondered if they would amplify the tiny role that women occupy in the book. And even before that, we were speculating about casting decisions. Add your new thoughts if you have any!

As with the Capote movies and two movie versions of the Paris Tasting, there were at one point last year two productions happening around this juicy tale of bling and fraud. This version seems to be inching closer to becoming reality.

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9 Responses to “Billionaire’s Vinegar moves closer to splashing on the silver screen”

  1. Great post, enjoy reading your blog.

  2. I hope it’s produced in Taste-O-Rama.

  3. My suggestion for the “potentially fraudulent seller, with a hidden past”: Liam Neeson. See any of his more recent films and you’ll see why he would be great for a role like that.

    As for the movie itself, I wonder if this opens up opportunity for product placement? Will we be seeing Riedel weave its way into the story line?

  4. Tyler,

    I know a guy in Hong Kong whose father in law has some bottles of 1787 wine. I think I just found the perfect pairing for popcorn when I watch the movie.

    Cheers, Jim

  5. Dr. V…

    One wonders if they’ll use the actual names of the parties involved. It would seem doubtful, otherwise Mr. Rodenstock will probably bring lawyers, guns and all kinds of other stuff to the party. Note to HR: just kidding about the “guns” part!

  6. […] was necessary.” Random House will defend the lawsuit. The Billionaire’s Vinegar is also being made into a movie. (Image: The Daily […]

  7. I can just see Philip Seymour Hoffman(Rodenstock) hunched over in near darkness as he creates another fraudulent 1900 Margaux, laughing manically. Mwahahahaha!

    Did this really need a movie? Can this really be a compelling movie? Everyone’s such an ass in the story.

  8. […] to think that the movie rights for The Bilionaire’s Vinegar have already been sold! Looks like they’d better get working on the sequel already… […]

  9. I see Alan Rickman as HR.



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