Toronto: Participant Media Co-Financing 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

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Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, the DreamWorks film is based on the best-selling book by Richard Morais about dueling Indian and French restaurants in the South of France.

TORONTO -- Participant Media has come aboard to co-finance and co-produce DreamWorks' The Hundred-Foot Journey, starring Helen Mirren and rising star Manish Dayal. Lasse Hallstrom is directing.

The deal marks the sixth film on which DreamWorks and Participant have collaborated, including Bill Condon's WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, which made its world premiere Thursday night at the Toronto Film Festival.

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Based on the best-selling book by Richard Morais, Hundred-Foot Journey tells the story of an Indian family who opens a restaurant in the South of France across from a Michelin-starred French restaurant, setting off a fierce culinary battle.

Hallstrom will direct from an adapted script by Steve Knight and begins shooting next week. Disney opens Hundred-Foot Journey in the U.S. on Aug. 8, 2014.

Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are producing the movie, with Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King serving as executive producers.

Participant CEO Jim Berk called the film a "dream project, with an amazing lineup of talent and a story that’s totally in the Participant wheelhouse.”

Added DreamWorks partner Stacey Snider, “We are delighted that we can continue our successful collaboration with Participant on another DreamWorks film.”