Having just won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy, Michael Keaton is in talks to star in John Lee Hancock’s new biopic “The Founder” for FilmNation and The Combine.
Robert Siegel (“Big Fan”) penned the drama which tells the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc (to be played by Keaton) turned Mac and Dick McDonald’s small 1950s Southern California burger chain into the largest fast food franchise on the planet.
Kroc did this by getting into a position that allowed him to pull the company out from under the pair, and then turned it into a billion-dollar empire. Naturally the tone will be more akin to “The Social Network” and “There Will Be Blood” in which fortunes are built and lives ruined by unadulterated greed.
Keaton reportedly met with Hancock earlier this week and has since received an offer, with talks now underway. Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are likely (but not yet set) to produce.