John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks”) is in negotiations to direct FilmNation and The Combine’s “The Founder,” a film about the rise of the largest fast food empire in the world – McDonald’s.
Written by Robert Siegel (“Big Fan”), the true story tale follows how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California.
Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ quick system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.
The tone of the project is said to have that cruel, take no prisoners mentality of the likes of “The Social Network” and “There Will Be Blood”. Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are producing.