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McDonald's origin movie in the works

10 December 2014 11:42 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A film about how the McDonald's burger empire came to be, from the director of Saving Mr Banks. Meet The Founder...

Right then: how about McDonald's: Origins? That's not a bad title to start with. For John Lee Hancock, the director of Saving Mr Banks and The Blind Side (and the screenwriter of the underrated Kevin Costner/Clint Eastwood movie A Perfect World) is tackling the rise of McDonald's for his next movie.

Robert Siegel has penned the screenplay for the project, which will go under the name of The Founder. And it'll follow the story of Ray Kroc, an Illinois salesman, and what happened when he met Mac and Dick McDonald in the 1950s. It might skip over the impact of the firm's burgers on the world, and we doubt Morgan Spurlock is consulting. But you never know.

(Well, we probably do in this case).

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, »

- simonbrew

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Chris Pratt circling role in The Magnificent Seven remake

4 December 2014 1:39 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Chris Pratt is circling a role in MGM’s remake of the classic western The Magnificent Seven, according to Deadline. Pratt will join Denzel Washington who is already attached to the project. Pratt is hot property in Hollywood now, being fresh off The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy, and with Jurassic World up next.

The studio has previously tried to make The Magnificent Seven a few years back with Tom Cruise starring and a script from True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto. John Lee Hannock was then brought on board to re-write, and the film is going ahead with Antoine Fuqua directing.

The Magnificent Seven was released in 1960 and starred  Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronsan and others as gunslingers who protect a Mexican village from attackers. It is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.

As of yet the remake has no official release date, but »

- Thomas Roach

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Michel Gondry Still Working On 'Ubik' & John Lee Hancock To Direct Lenny Dykstra Baseball Flick

5 June 2014 7:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

So, remember back at the beginning of May when it was reported that Michel Gondry had dropped an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's "Ubik"? Well, you can scratch that. It turns out that no long after that, he spoke with Den Of Geek and said the movie was still in play, though adapting it was proving to be a challenge. "I'm not sure yet," he told the site when asked if he was going to direct the project. "I'm still working on it, but it's taking forever." But again, the transition from page to screen seems to be a tricky one for the director. "It’s a very strong and dark story. There’s a lot of surprises. The book takes you to places you don’t expect to go. It makes it very hard to adapt, so I’m a bit scared at the moment!" he explained. So »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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