Randall Miller Gets Bottle Shock

A real-lfe wine tale

by Willow Green |
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The next great battle of the same-themed movies is on, and it’s over… wine? Okay, maybe we were a little quick with that “great” tag.

You see, a company called Intellectual Properties Worldwide has hired Randall Miller (Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School) to direct Bottle Shock, which chronicles the birth of California’s Napa Valley wine industry and sees the American vintages triumph over their French rivals during a 1976 blind taste test.

"It's a fantastic underdog story," Miller told Variety. "It blends both dramatic and comedic elements, but at its heart, it's a very engaging story about these dreamers in Napa who dared to take on the wine establishment and beat them at their own game." He’ll work from Ross Schwartz’s screenplay and aims to start shooting next summer.

Thing is, there’s already a film about the industry and that legendary tasting compo in the works. Robert Mark Kamen was hired in June to adapt George M Tabor’s book Judgement Of Paris. May the best winos win!

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