John Lee Hancock in Talks to Direct McDonald’s Film ‘The Founder’

John Lee Hancock Talks Direct McDonald's
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“The Blind Side” director John Lee Hancock is in talks to direct FilmNation’s “The Founder,” the story centering on how Ray Kroc turned McDonald’s into a global fast food empire.

FilmNation is producing along with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield, who will produce through their production shingle, the Combine.

The story is designed to be in the vein of “The Social Network” and shows how Kroc went from a simple salesman to one of the most powerful moguls in the world.

“The Wrestler” scribe Robert Siegel penned the script.

FilmNation has been trying to package the film for some time and had approached Hancock early on in the process, as well as his “Saving Mr. Banks” star Tom Hanks for the role of Kroc. Both passed at the time, and it’s unknown if these new developments will lead to Hanks reconsidering the offer to star.

Sources also tell Variety that Michael Keaton had been chasing the role, but that he too wanted to see who came on as director before considering starring in the film.

Hancock most recently directed “Saving Mr. Banks.” He is repped by CAA.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.

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  1. robert rooney says:

    read about this in the NY Post’s Page Six today 3/2/15. I’m so interested to see this come to fruition . I also hope it’s done responsibly . Worked in the “McDonalds world for 13 years of my life and learned so much, about business, working with people , TEAMWORK, Customer Service Standards. Ray Kroc believed in all of this. Yea maybe he had a bit of a hot head( like the time he took over the stadium pa at his teams Padre’s game ) and probably more faults be he believe in such good stuff. hope they use “grinding it out” as so much of their reference . good luck and make a good movie to tell a great story!

  2. I can’t wait to see how the film will make the history of McDonald come alive. Good luck to the crew and cast.

  3. mike says:

    I had to make sure it wasnt april first. Jesus…..

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