When you think about it, it's kind of surprising that there hasn't been a film made yet about the monopoly that is McDonald's. That's all about to change however, as John Lee Hancock, director of "The Blind Side", is tackling the subject matter with a new project called, "The Founder".
Working from a script from "Big Fan" and "The Wrestler" scribe Robert Siegel, the film will tell the story of how a salesman named Ray Kroc teamed with brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald, to launch what would become an international fast food chain sensation and easily one of the biggest and most recognized brands found all over the world. The script is said to be told in a vein of "The Social Network" and "There Will Be Blood". Those are big claims indeed, since both works are considered brilliant pieces of cinema.
Tom Hanks is said to have been approached for the role of Kroc but turned it down. It's now being reported that "Birdman" star Michael Keaton is now on the list of potentials.
Besides his Academy Award-winning sports vehicle starring Sandra Bullock, Hancock also recently helmed the fantastic yet somehow under-appreciated "Saving Mr. Banks". Hanks starred in that film, so I wonder if his interest could shift at all with Hancock now coming aboard.
The talent is intact, the premise definitely vast and the comparisons are impressive. It will be interesting to see how this one unfolds.
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