Hamburgers, Chicken McNuggets, and Fries… OH MY!!!
Hollywood is planning to make a movie based on America’s most successful burger joint? Man these origin stories just keep on coming! And you know what? I’m all for it.
The Hollywood Reporter has announced last month that John Lee Hancock is in the running to direct the film The Founder which will focus exclusively on the rise of America’s most successful burger chain. The Founder will tell the historic story of how “Ray Kroc (played by Michael Keaton), 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’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.” Read More Here.
According to multiple sources, The Founder will take a very similar approach to what Hollywood has brought us with both The Social Network and Saving Mr. Banks. By similar approach, I mean the overall tone of the film. This film will share the life story of the struggles between two brothers and their connection with Ray Kroc who would eventually help them to become the most popular fast-food chain in the country.
The McDonald brothers certainly did not live their life without some growing pains. Their constant struggle was well noted. Ray Kroc eventually took over the franchise constantly butting heads over the share with the brothers. This lead to a lot of tribulations but ultimately subsided after agreements were met.
When it comes to any historical film, I am all in. I personally am a MAJOR history buff. Not only do I love talking about movies, but I especially enjoy conversations involving how the film/s came about in the first place. Some of the questions I always take pleasure researching are (in no particular order); “where was the film shot?; what inspired the director to create the film?; and what was the overall message the director/creators were trying to provide the audience with in the film?”
To me personally, origin stories are unique in their own way. Not only do I love to learn the history of _______ (insert historical significance or topic here), but I really enjoy watching directors take(s) on what they felt was the most important attribute that/those individual/s left on society. A perfect example on how to accomplish a sensational origin story was the film Saving Mr. Banks.
After becoming constantly irritated of his own children, Walt Disney set out on an adventure to meet and greet the author of a very well-known and beloved children’s book; P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins. Saving Mr. Banks told the true story of the stubborn P. L. Travers who reluctantly agreed to allow “Mr. Disney” the rights to her beloved piece of work. It took Disney nearly two lengthy excruciating weeks to begin production on the film after consistently clashing with Travers on how to accurately direct the film. It was a long and uphill battle for both Disney and Travers. However, the two would ultimately come to an agreement to generate arguably Walt Disney’s most famous masterpiece: Mary Poppins.
What has me excited the most about this news is not the idea or the possible actors that are rumored to star in the film (Michael Keaton has now been confirmed for the role), but rather who the director is. If John Lee Hancock signs on to become the director, I cannot wait to see this film. After all, Hancock was the one who wrote and directed Saving Mr. Banks. If he can construct this film anywhere near the brilliance of Saving Mr. Banks, I cannot see how this film could disappoint.
So my question to you all is; “Are YOU excited to see a film on the rise of our famous McDonald’s franchise?” Share your thoughts in the comment section below!