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'The Blind Side' Director in Talks to Direct McDonald's Origin Story

'The Founder' tells the story of McDonald's co-founder Ray Kroc.


Director John Lee Hancock, who's had experience bringing "based on a true story" films to Hollywood with past projects like The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, is reportedly in talks to direct a movie about the McDonald's origin story. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hancock may direct The Founder, a fictionalized account of how "Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California." (Kroc brought the McDonald's franchise from the brothers in 1961 and served as the fast-food empire's CEO until 1974.) And casting rumors are already spreading: Variety reports Michael Keaton, fresh off a career resurgence, "has been chasing the role."

Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler) is behind the script, with FilmNation and the Combine acting as producers. Per THR, The Founder's tone will be a serious one: The Facebook "origin story" The Social Network has been cited as one of the film's inspirations.