'Blind Side' Director to Chronicle the Rise of the McDonald's Empire
After directing Saving Mr. Banks last year, The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock hasn't yet found a follow-up film for his next project, but one more project has been added to his small, potential future slate. THR has word that Hancock is currently in talks to direct The Founder, a film focusing on Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, who founded the fast food empire that pretty much everyone in the world knows as McDonald's. The script comes from Robert Siegel (Big Fan) and focuses on the rise of the fast food chain that began all the way back in the 1950s and would go on to become a billion dollar corporation. Read on!
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It all started when Kroc met Mac and Dick McDonald, who had their own burger join in Southern California, known for pumping out burgers fast. Kroc saw the potential to turn this into a nationwide franchise, obtained the business from the brothers, and the rest is history. The script has been said to be in the same vein as The Social Network and There Will Be Blood, which sounds a little darker than what we've come to expect from Hancock as a director. There's a part of me that would love to see Sorkin tackle a script like this, but fast food doesn't really seem to be his style. Hancock has also been linked to a film about former baseball player Lenny Dykstra, but it's not clear where that project stands. Anyway, stay tuned more.