John Lee Hancock is in talks to direct The Founder, a Social Network-like drama about the rise of the billion-dollar burger empire.
While the project is still in early stages, it’s already looking to cast big. Tom Hanks was previously approached to star, and Michael Keaton is reportedly interested.
THR reports The Founder will tell the story of Ray Kroc, who met original McDonald’s founders Mac and Dick McDonald in 1950s Southern California. Impressed by the brothers’ efficient system, Kroc saw huge potential in the company. In 1955 Kroc opened up his own McDonald’s franchise.
However, Kroc frequently butted heads with the McDonalds about the company, and in 1961 bought the company from them for $2.7 million. Kroc’s expansions plans were, of course, a roaring success. By the 1970s McDonald’s had reached all 50 U.S. states, and it remains the biggest hamburger chain in the world today.
The Founder script comes from Robert Siegel, who previously penned Big Fan, The Wrestler, and Turbo. (One of those is not like the others.) Its tone has been compared to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood, so this probably isn’t going to be a feel-good celebration of American capitalism.