Published On: Sun, Mar 1st, 2015

Weinstein Co. Buys Micahel Keaton’s Movie about Ray Croc

“Chronicling the rise of McDonald’s fast food empire, ‘The Founder’ tells the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, who were operating a hamburger restaurant in southern California in the 1950s. "

Michael Keaton

The Weinstein Co. has bought the distribution rights to the yet to be made Michael Keaton movie called “The Founder.” The film will be about how the McDonald’s fast food chain’s owner Ray Kroc turned it into a global empire.

Keaton is fresh off an Oscar nomination for his performance in this year’s best picture “Birdman.” He also won a number of roles for that performance including a Golden Globe.

In spite of his loss of the big prize, Keaton is now in demand once again in Hollywood after floundering in his career for the past two decades.

According to The Wrap, “Chronicling the rise of McDonald’s fast food empire, ‘The Founder’ tells the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, who were operating a hamburger restaurant in southern California in the 1950s. Kroc subtly maneuvered himself into a position to take control of their company, which grew into one of the world’s best-known brands after he bought the chain for $2.7 million in 1961.”

For its part, McDonald’s was not happy when it heard about plans for the film. This is because the movie will have less than a flattering portrayal of Kroc.

The movie was written by The Wrestler screenwriter Robert Siegel and is being produced by FilmNation with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield. John Lee Hancock will direct it.

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