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In a competitive situation, the Weinstein Company has closed a deal to acquire “The Founder,” which is set to star Michael Keaton as McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, multiple individuals familiar with the bidding war have told TheWrap. John Lee Hancock will direct from a script by Robert Siegel, and FilmNation is producing with Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield’s company The Combine. Also Read: Michael Keaton Pocketing Planned Oscar Acceptance Speech Goes Viral (Video) Described as being in the vein of “The Social Network” and “There Will Be Blood,” the drama is expected to have all the makings of a strong awards contender. »
- Jeff Sneider
Director Antoine Fuqua and his Equalizer star Denzel Washington already have one extra person aboard their planned remake of The Magnificent Seven, with Chris Pratt in their sights since December. But they’ve turned to the cast of their previous collaboration for the female lead, as Haley Bennett has won a prime role in the film.The movie will once more see a small town – in this case built around a gold mine – threatened by a ruthless baron and his gang of thugs. When they kill several people in their attempt to take the place over, a young widow (Bennett) hires a bounty hunter (Washington) to dispatch the bad guys, supplying him with the necessary funds to hire six gunmen to help him in his mission. Which is where Pratt and others come into play.John Lee Hancock and True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto are among those who have contributed to the screenplay, »
Bennett reportedly beat out several other actresses for the "star making role" as the widow of a murdered man who lives in a gold mine town taken over by a baron and his thugs.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
After securing Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt for their remake of the Western classic The Magnificent Seven, MGM has brought on Haley Bennett to play the female lead. Deadline reports she beat out several other actresses in what is being described as a "starmaking role." The actress will play the widow of a murdered man, who lives in a gold mine town that has been taken over by a baron and his thugs. She hires a bounty hunter to get rid of these evil men, giving him enough money to hire six other gunmen to help their cause.
The original Western The Magnificent Seven debuted in 1960, starring Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter, James Coburn and Horst Buchholz as the seven gunmen, with Eli Wallach portraying the villainous Calvera, who terrorizes a small Mexican fishing village. The Western, directed by John Sturges, was itself a loose »
FilmNation acquired Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ script last year and is producing, financing and handling worldwide sales. Plot details are being kept under wraps.
Munden is repped by Independent Talent Group in the U.K. and Wme in the U.S.
FilmNation has been looking to expand in adult dramas in the independently financed world. It had an impressive trio of highbrow films screening at Berlin: “Knight of Cups,” directed by Terrence Malick; “Life,” from Anton Corbijn; and “Mr. Holmes,” with Bill Condon directing Ian McKellen.
FilmNation sold a one-third stake in the company last year to Village Roadshow, which invested $18 million in FilmNation. The first two »
- Dave McNary
The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.
Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.
Much of the pre-buy buzz »
- Nancy Tartaglione
“The lesson we take away is don’t suck — make great movies,” he said with a laugh during a recent lunch.
FilmNation is coming into the Berlin Film Festival with considerable momentum from 2014 as one of the key backers of adult-skewing movies at a time when studios continue to focus their resources on franchises and $200 million tentpoles. Its sweet spot is in the $12 million to $30 million budget range.
The company hit three milestones last year: It helped develop and sell “The Imitation Game” which has more than $100 million in worldwide grosses; during Cannes, it announced the Amy Adams-starring, $50 million alien-arrival project “Story of Your Life,” produced with Lava Bear for which Paramount paid $20 million for North American rights; and finalized a strategic parnership with Roadshow Australia under »
- Dave McNary
McDonald's will not stand in the way of an upcoming biopic following the origins of the fast-food company.
Michael Keaton is in early talks to play Ray Kroc in the film, who - according to the movie's script - cheated two hamburger stand owners out of a potential $200 million, The Hollywood Reporter states.
The film, written by Robert Siegel, follows salesman Kroc as he meets the stand owners called Mac and Dick McDonald.
Per the script, as he persuades the brothers to franchise their business, he eventually takes the name McDonald's from them and pretends to have made it up himself.
Director of media relations for McDonald's Lisa McComb said: "Ray Kroc's story is compelling, so we're not surprised Hollywood wants to dramatise it for the big screen.
"The historical facts of his journey to success are in his autobiography and other non-fictional accounts of McDonald's."
Kroc, who died in »
At this point, watching the development of The Huntsman has become something of a sport. The sequel to 2012’s phenomenally successful Snow White And The Huntsman is now a case-study in what can be achieved when Universal has the commitment of two stars, a confirmed release date, and then just holds on tight.
When the first film opened to great fanfare and financial success, the idea of a sequel was immediately and predictably bandied about. The main cast – Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron – was on board and happy to return. Then came a wave of high profile controversy surrounding Stewart and the film’s director, Rupert Sanders – which led to both of them stepping away from the project. But, with Hemsworth and Theron still attached, a release date was set for April 22nd 2016, and attentions turned to the development of a screenplay, without Snow White in it.
- Sarah Myles
Vulture John Travolta without his hairpiece. Ditch it permanently, John. Bald is beautiful. Or at least more beautiful than pretending you have hair (you did have a great head of it) when you no longer do.
THR Michael Keaton in talks to star in a "gritty" drama from John Lee Hancock (who, tbh, we don't associate with "gritty" since he made The Rookie and The Blind Side*) called The Founder about the rise of McDonalds and behind the scenes shady business. It sounds like there are three good male roles so I wonder who will join Keaton? Can I put in a request for Edward Norton. I want them to become »
- NATHANIEL R
Oscar-nominated star has been asked to star in director John Lee Hancock’s drama about the struggle for ownership over the fast food chain
Fresh off a Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for his turn as a washed-up former star of superhero movies in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Keaton is in line to take the lead role of businessman Ray Kroc in John Lee Hancock’s film.
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- Ben Child
Michael Keaton recently won a best actor Golden Globe for his work in "Birdman" and is currently nominated for a best actor Oscar. And now comes word that Keaton is in talks to star in "The Founder," about the rise of the McDonald's fast food empire. Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), "The Founder" is a drama that tells the true story of 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' speedy 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 script has been described as being akin to "The Social Network" and "There Will Be Blood." The film will be directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, »
Michael Keaton’s recent career boost thanks to his stellar turn in Birdman has already bagged the former Batman a Golden Globe, and as of this morning, his first Academy Award nomination. Keeping his eye on the prize, the actor isn’t taking his foot off the gas any time soon, as THR reports that Keaton is tipped to lead McDonalds biopic, The Founder.
Described as The Social Network meets There Will Be Blood, The Founder will lens under the experienced eye of John Lee Hancock. A solid choice for that responsibility, as the director’s resume is already peppered with award-winning biopics including Sandra Bullock-starrer The Blind Side and Walt Disney tale, Saving Mr. Banks. These two films might have bordered on the sentimental, but The Founder strikes as a much darker rags-to-riches story. Penned by Big Fan screenwriter Robert Siegel, the film traces the origins of the »
- Gem Seddon
Golden Globe winner and (as of this morning) Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton may have found his next big role. Keaton is looking to lead The Founder, a Social Network-esque drama about the rise of American fast food empire McDonald’s. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) is directing. More details on the […]
The post Michael Keaton in Talks for McDonald’s Origin Story appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Fresh off his Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for Birdman, Michael Keaton is in talks to star in The Founder for FilmNation. We first reported on this project back in December, when John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) signed on to direct. This biopic charts the origins of the fast food empire McDonald's.
Michael Keaton is in talks to play Ray Kroc, an Illinois salesman who discovered a Southern California hamburger restaurant in the 1950s, run by Mac and Dick McDonald. Impressed with their speedy and efficient methods, and seeing franchise potential, Ray Kroc eventually pulled the company out from under the McDonald brothers, creating a massive fast food empire. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Michael Keaton met with John Lee Hancock on Monday, received an offer earlier this week, and is now in talks to star.
After picking up a much-deserved Best Actor nomination for his performance in Birdman today, Michael Keaton is now in talks for his next project. THR reports the former Batman star is negotiating for a lead role in The Founder, a film focusing on Ray Kroc (who Keaton would play in the film), a salesman from Illinois, who founded the fast food empire that pretty much everyone in the world knows as McDonald's. Back in December, The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock boarded the film which is described as having flares of both The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. Sounds like a juicy role for Keaton. Read on! Now that Keaton has really embarked on the comeback I've been hoping that he would achieve, it's good to see him continuing with roles like this right out of the gate. There's a good chance that Keaton could even win »
- Ethan Anderton
Michael Keaton, who has received an Oscar nomination for Birdman, is reportedly in talks to play Ray Kroc, the man behind McDonald’s, in The Founder. Michael Keaton To Star In ‘The Founder’ Keaton is on the shortlist to take on the titular role in The Founder, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He reportedly met with John Lee Hancock […]
- Chelsea Regan
Birdman actor Michael Keaton is flying high these days. Now the recipient of a Golden Globe award (and likely an Oscar to follow) for his work on the Alejandro González Iñárritu film, an abundance of choice roles are bound to present themselves to him. Less than a week after his big win at the Globes, he is reportedly already in talks to star in The Founder, a “dark story” detailing the rise of fast food chain McDonald’s.
Robert Siegel (Big Fan) penned the script, which is being described as comparable to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) has signed on to direct the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which follows the true story of McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc. Hailing from Illinois, the salesman met Mac and Dick McDonald when they were running a Southern California burger outfit in the 1950s. »
- William Fanelli
THR has learned Michael Keaton (who just received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Birdman) is in talks to play McDonald's tycoon Ray Kroc in The Founder. John Lee Hancock is attached to direct the film from a script by Robert D. Siegel (Big Fan, The Wrestler), which has been described as "being akin to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood." The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac »
- Jesse Giroux
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. »
- Garth Franklin
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