Lasse Hallstrom Taking THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY June 4, 2013 Helen Mirren rumoured for a role. Swedish helmer Lasse Hallström (‘Safe Haven,’ ‘Dear John,’ ‘Chocolat’) is set to take the director’s chair for an adaptation of the Richard C. Morais novel ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey.’ Released in 2010, the book centres on the rivalry between an Indian restaurant that is 100 feet away from a three-Michelin-star restaurant in France. The French restaurant is run by the famous eccentric chef Madame Mallory, who reluctantly forms a mentoring bond with a young Indian boy whose family owns the rival eatery. Their bond, and his culinary awakening, is a core of the story. According to Deadline, who broke the news of Hallström’s involvement, Helen Mirren is being eyed for the role of Madame Mallory. Principal photography is slated for this autumn with Hallström working from a script by ‘Eastern Promises’ scribe Steven Knight. Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake are on board to produce.