Focus Films Just Dropped Emotional First Trailer for New Anthony Bourdain Documentary

It’s been three years since the world lost culinary legend Anthony Bourdain. And to mark the anniversary of his passing, Focus Films just dropped the first trailer for its upcoming documentary, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.

Yup—the emotional footage was released on Friday morning, and there’s a lot to unpack. Per a press release, the film is “an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at how an anonymous chef became a world-renowned cultural icon. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville, this unflinching look at Bourdain reverberates with his presence, in his own voice and in the way he indelibly impacted the world around him.”

“You’re probably going to find out about it anyway, so here’s a little preemptive truth-telling: There’s no happy ending,” Bourdain’s voice says in the clip (see below).

Per Variety, the film will piece together Bourdain’s life using footage from around the world, along with past and current interviews with “his friends, fellow chefs and closest associates.”

We first got wind of the doc back in 2019. “Anthony Bourdain did more to help us understand each other than just about anyone in the history of television,” Neville said in a statement. “He connected with people not in spite of his flaws, but because of them. To have the opportunity to tell his story is humbling.”

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain will hit theaters on July 16. And we'll definitely be bringing tissues.

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