He's been the star of his own travel culinary TV shows, but word has it that chef turned writer Anthony Bourdain will be now moving to the big screen.
According to Thewrap.com, Bourdain's first novel Bone in the Throat has been picked up by production company Dignity Film Finance in Los Angeles and will begin filming this year.
The mafia caper takes place in an Italian restaurant in Manhattan's Little Italy but the film version will move the story to London, reports The Wrap.
Bone in the Throat was first published in 1995 and is described as a fast-paced mobster plot that weaves a serious love of food with the sordid, grisly underworld of powerful and unforgiving mobsters, all thread in Bourdain's trademark wry, acid-tongued humor.
Case in point: amid graphic descriptions of dismemberment and torture is a recipe for Portuguese Seafood Chowder, made with squid, lobster, swordfish and cherrystone clams.
The film is to be co-produced by the man behind the Oscar-award winning film, The King's Speech.
The mob and Italian food are as inextricably linked as spaghetti is to meatballs. Think The Godfather and The Sopranos -- which has also inspired cookbooks of its own.
Bourdain is perhaps best known among TV audiences for his stint as host of No Reservations and The Layover, both travel food shows.